Should there be another Hulk TV show?

Ferrignohulk_lGranted, they’re biased, but the producers of The Incredible Hulk have their doubts as to whether TV viewers really want to see another small-screen version of the mythical tale. “When you look at these amazing stories, you realize they work so well on the big screen,” explains producer Avi Arad, whom EW.com caught up with at the Hulk premiere. “You can always go to the small screen [after doing a big-screen version], but it is very hard to go the other way. TV is free for the most part, and if you can make a blockbuster film, why wouldn’t you? I think the effects just look and sound better big and loud. TV doesn’t work within the same budgets either, so it would be hard to pull off shows with lots of effects.”


“The main obstacle I see to these characters getting live-action TV series is the cost,” continues producer Gale Ann Hurd. “Fans have high expectations on how the show, the characters, and the effects will look, and that is easier to accomplish with a film budget. I don’t think we could ever run something like a Hulk TV series now and get away with it. It was great in the ’70s — don’t get me wrong — but tastes have evolved and the audience is more sophisticated now.”

At least one hardcore Hulk man is keeping an open mind. Hulk co-creator Stan Lee, who has a cameo in the latest remake, believes somebody will take another stab at a TV version someday (in the short term, Marvel will likely focus on a Hulk sequel if the latest film, starring Edward Norton, exceeds expectations at the box office). “I loved the old Hulk series, and obviously I am into this kind of story, so I’d watch a new show,” says Lee.


So what do you think, Hulk fans? Can — or should — a studio try to top Bix Bixby on the small screen?

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  • Andrew Wickliffe

    Yes, as the average high school student’s vocabulary has plummeted further in the last thirty years, he or she’s taste in television has “sophisticated.” I’m sure…
    I even remember when Gale Anne Hurd didn’t have to make movies at places like LionsGate. I guess she’s “sophisticated.”

  • Snarf

    Two words. “Bionic Woman”

  • Katy

    Um, how about trying something like, oh, a NEW IDEA, instead of recycling ideas we once loved and churning them out over and over again until they’re completely unrecognizable dreck?

  • Ceballos

    A live-action “Hulk” TV show…no chance. Marvel would never invest the money to make a Hulk show worthwhile and it would probably end up looking stupid and embarrassing.
    Now if they came up with an animated series that wasn’t necessarily aimed at kids…I think that could work. I haven’t seen the new movie, but I’m just not 100% convinced that the Hulk works in a live action environment. Whereas if they do an animated show, there are no bounds to the enemies he could have, etc.

  • Silv

    Nah, it would never work. The cost of replacing the ripped clothing alone would do them in.

  • MsDaisy

    I didn’t watch the original series and I don’t think I’d watch a new version, especially in HD. Too much green.

  • JoeC

    Unfortunately, I am one of the posters who is old enough to have watched David Banner, Jack McGee, and Mr. Green Giant in the 70′s, and I think the show aged well. I would NOT be interested in seeing a new version on TV although I may break my -no-superheroes movies and see the film. Don’t make me angry, indeed….

  • joe

    i watcht the hulk shows on rerun and i love em id love to see the original cast of the hulk keep doing em

  • joe

    i love the orignial 78-82 shows of the hulk but the only way it would be good was if the original cast did the show again

  • steve curry

    I really loved the last week, sci-fi channel’s, featuring the show. I do love the super hero aspect of the show and seeing the first meeting was interesting but, anything can be coputer generated these days. While I do think remakes show a lack of imagination and they can negate the first version, I would enjoy a next generation version, (live action) of what was; perhaps David Banner or an alias, had a child with similar Gamma ray poisonining and goes on a quest for his father and a cure for his poisoning and along the way The Hulk within helps those around him. That would interest me!

  • Max

    Bix?

  • Stephanie T.

    Nah. The Incredible Hulk was mid 70′s, early 80′s camp and should be untouched. Something else should be done instead.

  • EP Sato

    I say no. Marvel’s got a deep enough line up that they could grant someone a series that wouldn’t require massive budgets. For example, Cloak and Dagger could easily be made into a campy yet dark show on CW, similar to Reaper or Buffy. Same thing with Dr. Strange.
    I love the Hulk as a comic character, dug his tv show, sat through the Ang Lee sleeper and banged away at the PS2 game enough to know he’s found better mediums than a current tv show. Plus, you know it would end up on Fox and they’d cancel it after the second episode because that’s how they play us…

  • Eric Friedmann

    THE INCREDIBLE HULK on CBS was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I’d hate to see it degraded by some cheap, desperate knock-off. In my opinion, THE TWILIGHT ZONE in the ’80s and the more recent BIONIC WOMAN were proof that you leave well enough alone.

  • JACKSON

    I THINK IT WOULD BE EASY TO HAVE ANOTHER HIT TV SHOW!!! IF YOU TRUE BELIEVERS FOLLOWED THE SHOW, YOU REALIZE THAT THERE WERE 3 TV MOVIES…IN THE LAST ONE THERE WAS THE DEATH OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK!!!WHAT YOU SAW AT THE END OF THAT MOVIE WAS HE FELL FROM A AIRPLANE AND DIED! HOWEVER THAT IS NOT, HOW BILL BIXBY WANTED TO END THE SERIES, HE WAS GOING TO MAKE A MOVIE CALLED HULK REBIRTH…UNFORTUANTLY HE DIED AND DID NOT GET A CHANCE!!I SAY THAT YOU COULD START OUT THE NEW SHOW, 15 TO 20 YEARS PAST THE LAST TV MOVIE…SHOW BANNER IN A GOVERNMENT LAB IN A COMA…HES DREAMING AND HAS A NIGHTMARE…WAKES UP TURNS INTO THE HULK,BREAKS OUT, AND IS ON THE RUN AGAIN…SEE THIS WAY LOU FERRIGNO COULD STILL PLAY HULK, BECAUSE HE WOULD BE 15 TO 20 YEARS OLDER….AND EDWARD NORTON COULD PLAY BANNER!!!JUST AGE HIM A LITTLE! LOU FERRIGNO SAID NORTON REMINDS HIM OF BIXBY IN ALOT OF WAYS….LOU IS STILL IN GREAT SHAPE AND COULD PULL IT OFF, THE HULK WOULD JUST BE A LITTLE OLDER, BUT IT WOULD BE A COOL.

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