After the runaway success of Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo's take on the angry green chappy in Avengers, the pressure is on showrunner Guillermo Del Toro to make Marvel's mooted Hulk TV show just as popular – and from the sounds of his interview with shocktillyoudrop.com, it looks like there's a bit of a hold up.
"The official word is we are holding, but I don’t know... After Avengers having the success it had, perhaps the fate of the project may change. Right now officially what I know – and I’m not hiding anything off the record or anything – is that we were told we were waiting for this writer [Marvel HQ specifically wanted], and we were going to do it with him."
The writer is as yet unnamed, but it seems like he's a pretty important cog in this particular Hulk machine. Del Toro went onto explain that he's still keen to shoot the pilot, whenever it comes around, and even dropped some character names for who he'd like to appear in the show from the Marvel universe:
"Of course. The reason is that the superheroes I like and that I would like to get involved with are all monsters. Be it Swamp Thing, Etrigan [the Demon], Doctor Strange... I would love to do Morbius [the Living Vampire], Blade – they have to be monsters for me to be involved."
For more details, check out the original interview in full on shocktillyoudrop.com, which was held on the opening night of The Academy's month-long Monstrous Centennial: Universal’s Legacy of Horror film series in L.A.
Naturally enough, the topic of Del Toro's Frankenstein movie came up, to which the man himself said:
"Yeah, actually [Universal Pictures Co-Chairman] Donna Langley just put us on track to write the screenplay. So, we’re going to start writing the script. It’s a very long endeavour for me; it’s going to require a couple of years just to write it. But it’s been put back on track by Donna."
Vague? You betcha. Encouraging? Sure, why not – the idea of a Del Toro-helmed Frankenstein is a thing of beauty, so here's hoping this writing period doesn't last all that long.