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Exclusive: Leterrier Talks Hulk Secrets
Abomination, 26-minute finale and more!

14 March 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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By now, you've surely watched the trailer for The Incredible Hulk – if you haven't, go see it here – and you probably have a few questions about what you've seen.

In a huge world exclusive, we spoke to Louis Leterrier, the director of the movie, last night and he guided us through every frame of the teaser. Among other things, he explains to us the new appearance of The Abomination, which differs greatly from the comic book. Here's just a taster of that:

"I really wanted to wrap my head around the original scaley-with-big-ears monster that was in the comic book, but I couldn’t justify it," Leterrier says. "The guy isn’t crossed with a fish; he’s not crossed with a lizard. Just like the Hulk he’s an über-human — his body, everything, grows out...his bones grow thicker and bigger and longer, making him a super-weapon. So he’s got that spine that flares out, which becomes a weapon. He’s got elbows that stick out and become these martial arts, Chinese knives — things that can slash back and forth. He’s got this tongue thing and the heel-spikes… so he’s a killing machine"

He also reveals secrets of the movie's action sequences (26-minute punch-up!), how much Hulk we're going to see (he transforms in minute 3!), and much, much more. Click here to read the interview and have all your Incredible Hulk questions answered.

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THE HULKSTER
I am in no doubt that I was one of the few who liked Ang Lee's "The Hulk", not the best film I've ever watched but I still enjoyed it (Albeit the effects were not the best) but I thought the acting was good and it was a little different to what I expected. Anyway the new one looks more like the comics I read back in the day, so I think it will hit the right spot with the fans, I'm glad the jolly Green Giant has been given another shot at the big time, I do hope the quote "you wou More

Posted by ODForrest at 14:49 on 17 March 2008 | Report This Post

HULK SECRETS part three
He is green! More

Posted by Horrorguru at 19:41 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Empire, you've accidentally deleted the last quote and replaced it with an earlier part of the interview. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 16:51 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Other Marvel
The new Punisher movie web site is up at http://www.punishermovie.com/ Why does'nt Empire have a page for this yet? More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:25 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Niiiice
That interview puts my mind at ease about the film, Leterrier seems to have his head screwed on in terms of the outline of characters and the plot, it does sound better than Ang Lee's creation. And after reading that and watching the trailer back I now am looking forward to this, think the next trailer with finished shots and expanded character profiles will tell the tale of this one. More

Posted by Calcifer at 10:13 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Looks good!
its not going to be dark knight but give it a chance ....looks good CGi to me and good story. Paul. More

Posted by placepeople at 09:13 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Utter Crap!
I can't believe the amount of negativity surrounding a 2 minute teaser with unfinished effects shots! Still, people are talking, so must be interested.   I personally can't wait for this. It's going to be a Marvel-ous summer with this, Dark Knight and Iron Man.   None will be worse than Spiderman 3, that's for sure. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 08:59 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Utter Crap!
Man this looks rubbish.... i know the CG isn't finished yet... but it looks like not much has changed from Ang Lee's version (which I thought was awesome). I still can't get over how people can see the casting of Edward Norton as a plus point, I have seen less wooden performances from pinocchio!! Poor show Marvel More

Posted by J_BUltimatum at 23:47 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Dear God!
I can see that there are still a load of twats who can't be bothered reading the interview. Leterrier said that none of the cgi shown in the trailer is finished. Thanks to all you naysayers for stating the bloody obvious. Anyone can say that the effects look shit when the works not complete. More

Posted by keaneye at 22:38 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Looks great...
The effects look awful at this point and I wouldn't be too sure they're gonna improve that much between now and release date.  Unfortunately this looks like just another blockbuster with a load of crappy CGI.  I hope I'm wrong because I was really looking forward to this one. More

Posted by mackey at 21:53 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Looks great...
..bear in mind Lettrier did mention in his interview that some of the shots are unfinished, so im sure the CGI will improve (looks excellent at this stage). More

Posted by mysterious at 21:15 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

CGI is gonna let this one down...
Everything looks superior to Hulk apart from the visual effects.The Hulk and Abomination remind me of the things out of I Am Legend. More

Posted by crimebusterofthesea at 20:45 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The AvP: Requiem vibe is strong in this one.
The CGI does look a bit wonky when viewed out of context, but then everyone said the exact same thing about the first film.   I doubt Norton and co would be involved if the script wasn't strong enough, so whilst the trailer doesn't excite me as much as Iron Man, I still think this will be a rockin' good time.   A 26 minute long three way smackdown sounds freakin' awesome More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 20:42 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

The AvP: Requiem vibe is strong in this one.
Very unimpressed with this. Whilst the original film was ponderous it had fantastic visual flair. Hopefully this film will have some artistic meric but after viewing that trailer I dont have much hope. Given that people thought Eric Bana's hulk was laughable, this version is hilarious! Looks like they put a man in a suit IMHO. he guy isn’t crossed with a fish; he’s not crossed with a lizard. Just like the Hulk he’s an über-human should read: We couldnt be bothered or ha More

Posted by Sober at 20:24 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Jesus, anyone remember the days when you could actually tell the difference between movies and computer games. Another kid's flick by the looks of it.... More

Posted by artilleryman at 18:48 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

You just cant keep some people happy...
This is going to be phenomenal and has been worth the wait. Norton ALWAYS delivers. Leterrier ALWAYS delivers. All these naysayers moaning on about CGI. Lets face it, Lou Ferrigno may have looked great when we were kids, but these days, a beefed up body builder simply doesnt cut it. Jesus people, just shutp analysing for once and enjoy the mayhem!!!! Other wise, fuck off and go and watch Atonement and leave the rest of us alone. More

Posted by coomi01 at 18:17 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

NOFX
I dont think the FX shots in any of sthe SM films are actually any good. No 2 is pretty shocking at times, the rendering in the train fight is just shoddy and No 3 wan't much better. Scorpion King is where its at in terms of what FX can truly do. True Magic! More

Posted by pete_traynor at 17:25 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: It should be on the record that...
I have to disagree - the 1st Hulk film did not have the best CGI at that time. Apart from the 1st appearance of the Hulk scene with wonderful water drops on his skin and the Hulk doggie battle... the CGI effects compared with Gollum (in LOTHR) and Pixar were not the best (for a big budget film) - ILM could of done better if they hired more staff or had more time - shame Universal does not have paitence of Sony (who allowed extra year for development of the Ghost Rider and Spider Man 3 More

Posted by Makman at 16:41 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Still don't know what to think of the trailer. It gives an interesting story line, but I still feel its a bit...well...predictable. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 16:33 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: So long there's no mutated dogs
Yep! Have to give you that. I like Ang Lee’s film and like I said, it’s not without its flaws and those dogs were just a little too much. Mutant poodle, well Lee does like to play the interesting angle. Still though, a poodle! I think you are wholly on the money about Wall E as I think it’s about to set a new bench mark for animation, it looks truly stunning! HB2, lets hope it takes more of the macabre elements of the books as (I do like the first, think budget and not vision l More

Posted by pete_traynor at 16:21 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

So long there's no mutated dogs.
As they were ridiculous. It looks pretty good. Although I doubt it'll better Indy, Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and definately not WallE (that looks like it will a be a classic of all time, not just of our era), but it should be a good popcorn movie. I've always had doubts over the balance between the moaning and angst that Bruce over his anger conflict with HULK SMASH mindless destruction. It seems a futile and uninteresting battle (as it was in Angs movie) as Bruce has to live it eventual More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:54 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: It should be on the record that...
I thoroughly agree. I thought the effects in Lee’s version were great and I really think they conveyed his emotion fantastically. I know people hate it for certain reasons and although not without its flaws I really like the film. And I felt that the audience was well rewarded for the slow building pace of it as the flight from the desert to San Francisco was a great action scene. Loved Josh Lucas’ slime ball as well, should have at least kept him. Once they’d scrapped his cha More

Posted by pete_traynor at 15:52 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Ang Lee's remnants!?!
Is it suppose to be linked (albeit tenuously) to Lee’s version. We left Banner in South America and now we pick him up there? More

Posted by pete_traynor at 15:44 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

It should be on the record that...
The work I.L.M. did for Ang Lee's Hulk (main charcter), was, in my opinion, the finest special effect ever created, at the time. So good was it, that the animation and interaction with real background still stands up today. Considering the advances in C.G.I. since then, it's pretty Incredible (sic). I don't know if I.L.M. are involved with this film, but if they aren't I bet the quality isn't as good. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 15:37 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

It should be on the record that...
The work I.L.M. did for Ang Lee's Hulk (main charcter), was, in my opinion, the finest special effect ever created, at the time. So good was it, that the animation and interaction with real background still stands up today. Considering the advances in C.G.I. since then, it's pretty Incredible (sic). I don't know if I.L.M. are involved with this film, but if they aren't I bet the quality isn't as good. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 15:37 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

It should be on the record that...
The work I.L.M. did for Ang Lee's Hulk (main charcter), was, in my opinion, the finest special effect ever created, at the time. So good was it, that the animation and interaction with real background still stands up today. Considering the advances in C.G.I. since then, that's pretty Incredible (sic). I know having The Hulk jump around like a grasshopper was Ang's decision and unfortunately kept it from being a classic.  This new film sounds like a sequel, what with the film opening with B More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 15:31 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Hmmmn..that interview has actually bolstered my hopes for this film even further. What a surprise in which Letterier stated that the effects shots are not quite finished, maybe the increasingly tedious CGI scrutinising will abate now, or at the very least, wait until the film has been finished. More

Posted by Deacon Frost at 15:18 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Feeling better
This has enthused me a little more. Good to hear him talking through the trailer content. I’m sure we all knew but its good that he confirmed that the shots are not finished. Silly long smack down at the end ala ‘Transformers’ sound like good fun too. Roth was a great piece of casting and I can’t believe had actually had to fight to bring him on board. Was and still am a little under whelmed by the trailer. Was and still am remaining hopeful and looking forward to it. More

Posted by pete_traynor at 15:00 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
I don't think there's a way to get back to Empire's homepage from the interview, there's no links that I could see. More

Posted by Larry of Arabia at 14:32 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
L: LeChuck EDIT: Ah, never mind again, you've fixed it now, thanks. Good, revealing interview, by the way. hanks. Glad you got to read it eventually! Credit to Nick DeSemlyen who did the interview. No credit to Amar Vijay who made it go all weird and will now be shot. Pav saved the day. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 14:20 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
Having read the feature, I think this film sounds great.  Let's se if we can have a summer where all the superhero films are really good. More

Posted by Gazdance at 14:18 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
EDIT: Ah, never mind again, you've fixed it now, thanks. Good, revealing interview, by the way. More

Posted by LeChuck at 14:16 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
It worked fine for me earlier, I'm using Firefox with NoScript - the only issue I had was that the NoScript info bar at the bottom covered the link, but after 5 seconds it disappears revealing the link  More

Posted by dracovir at 14:15 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
L: Mojo Its working now, cheers. Rather strange way to present the interview though. hould work for everyone now because it's been set to just open in a normal sized window. It's laid out this way because Leterrier is talking about specific moments in the trailer, so without the pictures it would make a lot less sense. I hate computers. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 14:11 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
L: LeChuck Using Firefox, I can get to the intro window and read one page of the interview (talking about Ty Burrell's role), but then there doesn't seem to be any way to continue. What's going on?  orry, we're sorting this now. I think it must be something to do with monitor size, because it works on everybody's computer here, except for the titchy tiny one used by Glen. We're changing the design, so it will work for everyone. For a crude way of reading it as it is now, you can high More

Posted by Olly Richards at 14:01 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
L: Olly Richards L: Mojo I can get to the introduction window but can't find "Click Here to Read the Interview". /b]Using Firefox. mm, that's strange. It works on mine. It should be there in big green letters. We're trying something now. ts working now, cheers. Rather strange way to present the interview though. More

Posted by Mojo at 14:01 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Oh man, I can absolutely wait for this. The new Hulk trailer simply makes me yearn for Ang Lee's Hulk. More

Posted by wooz at 14:00 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
Using Firefox, I can get to the intro window and read one page of the interview (talking about Ty Burrell's role), but then there doesn't seem to be any way to continue. What's going on? EDIT: Never mind, I can scroll up and down with the arrow keys and get to the link to the next page. The lack of scroll bar is the problem... More

Posted by LeChuck at 13:56 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Amazing
When I finally saw the new Hulk I just got goose bumps. Read the interview and it explains alot, but I could take the trailer for what it is. The got the balnce right on the look of Hulk. He's exaggerated but at the same time, believable. I was most worried about Abomination, because the comic book version would have lookied ridiculous on film, but the explanation in how he looks here is convincing enough to be getting on with and I cannot wait for their 26min faceoff. More

Posted by keaneye at 13:54 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Nothing Special
Can't say I'm massively excited at the trailer to be honest. The Hulk looks like a slightly more detailed version of Ang Lee's one, plus the bad guy is nothing to shout about either. When you compare it to the Iron Man trailers it looks a bit second rate More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:53 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
Yep, no scroll bar. That's the issue I'm having too. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 13:53 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
L: Mojo I can get to the introduction window but can't find "Click Here to Read the Interview". /b]Using Firefox. mm, that's strange. It works on mine. It should be there in big green letters. We're trying something now. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 13:52 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: ummm can't read what he says
Empire seem to have forgotten to include a scroll bar on this! However, if you highlight the text far enough, the remainder of the screen appears and you can read what he says about each picture. Hopefully, this post will be useless soon cos they will fix it! More

Posted by zomorris at 13:52 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

LXG?
While watching the trailer and seeing the new (but not necessarily improved to be honest) Hulk go against Abomination...memories of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's Jason Flemyng as Mr Hyde fighting some equally monstrous henchman came flooding back... More

Posted by kurum at 13:49 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
I can get to the introduction window but can't find "Click Here to Read the Interview". /b]Using Firefox. More

Posted by Mojo at 13:48 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Empire can you please
L: Pala36 pull your head out of you arse, I can't read what he says either here exactly are you having problems? On the main news story it says "click here" at the bottom, which takes you through to the interview. Then that goes through to an intro page (for the benefit of those coming through from the features section) which says 'Click here to read the interview". Is that link not working for you? It's working on mine and seems to be fine for most people. If it's not working, what More

Posted by Olly Richards at 13:45 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Empire can you please
pull your head out of you arse, I can't read what he says either More

Posted by Pala36 at 13:37 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Link
Hasn't Norton taken over this film? I knew he rewrote it but what's all this about his cut of the film? Artistic vision or egotistical muppet? It's a thin line he's walking I think. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 13:28 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Link
Hulk turns up in the 3rd minute! Shame on all you who over-reacted and thought we'd only see him at the end! More

Posted by CORLEONE at 13:22 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

Growing on me
I've watched the trailer a few times now and it's deffinately growing on me. we have jumped the gun on the CGI based on the interview More

Posted by livewire at 13:22 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

No Link
I very much want to read this, but the link is not working. More

Posted by Edgar Nollen at 13:21 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

ummm can't read what he says
or a link to it. Just an option to watch the trailer and empire saying they have spoken to him. Am I missing something here? More

Posted by Rumpledink at 13:14 on 13 March 2008 | Report This Post

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