He's big, he's green and he's about to get a whole new look courtesy of Rhythm & Hues Studios. Part of the problem with Ang Lee's Hulk was that the effects (provided by Industrial Light + Magic) weren't all that spectacular. I mean, they were cool and all, but there was something missing. The Hulk looked too fake, and that old school comic feel was pushed aside and replaced by Lee's melodramatic pacing. The film was too serious, too grown-up and definitely not as fun as the X-Men or Spider-Man films.
But with this new film, simply called The Incredible Hulk, Rhythm & Hues have created a new CG Hulk -- which, we hope, is a tad bit scarier than their other big-screen creations (Babe was a cute pig and all, but I'm not looking for 'cute' here). The visual effects house was also responsible for the CG lion Aslan in last year's Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and will also be helping out with The Golden Compass and the new Alvin and the Chipmunks flick. Right off the bat, Louis Leterrier will be helming the new (re-imagined sequel prequel?), which means he'll probably tap into the look and feel of some of the intense action sequences featured in his Transporter series. And, knowing Zak Penn (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand) wrote the script certainly helps boost my spirits.
With production beginning this June, the only missing piece is Hulk himself. Eric Bana took on the role in Ang Lee's version, but he won't be back for this one. With a casting announcement looming, is there anyone out there who you'd like to see take on the role? As of right now, The Incredible Hulk will return to theaters on June 13, 2008.