Following on from the wave of the current $1b box-office earnings of Marvel superhero film The Avengers, ABC network president Paul Lee took the time to confirm that one of the film’s best-known characters, The Incredible Hulk, is still on course for a scripted series, a plan first made by the network in 2010.
ABC, which like comic book/film producers Marvel are owned by Disney, seem to have delayed the series from their original estimate, but believe that late 2013 will be when the big green man arrives on the small screen, although details of the format and the plot are currently undetermined.
Paul Lee (who’s namesake Stan Lee was a co-creator of the character in 1962) said of the plans: “The Hulk is in development. It wasn’t going to be ready for this season (2012), but we hope it will be ready for next season. We would like to see some Marvel projects move to television.”
He added of the prospects of other Marvel series (based on some of the other featured characters in The Avengers), and of the status of other proposed Marvel project AKA Jessica Jones: “We’ve got some in development, but none that I can talk about at this point. Of course, we’re immensely proud to be in a company with The Avengers and… we’re going to continue to develop aggressively. We did not pick it [AKA Jessica Jones] up for this season and have another development which is further at the front of the queue.”
When the project does get going, it is expected to be produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), but will their plans face further delays, or is the Hulk finally set to be coming to ABC’s screens next year?