[30] It took another eight months for France to convince Universal and the producers to let him try to write a script for the third time. Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into whenever he loses his temper. Hulk (2003) tech specs : shot on ARRIFLEX 535 B Camera and Cooke Panchro/i Classic Lenses, Cooke S4 Lenses - Directed by Ang Lee with Cinematography by Frederick Elmes - The Motion Picture & Television Technical Database Despite its mixed reception and lack of affiliation with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ang Lee's Hulk sets up the perfect origin story for the MCU version of the character. Based on Marvel Comics' "The Incredible Hulk," first published in 1962. Dennis Muren, Michael Lantieri, and the special effects crew were nominated for Best Special Effects.[77]. [78] Upon the film's release, screenwriter James Schamus started to plan a sequel, featuring Hulk's Grey Hulk persona and considered to use The Leader and the Abomination as villains. [58] The DVD included behind-the-scenes footage, enhanced viewing options that allow users to manipulate a 3-D Hulk model, and cast and crew commentaries. [56] The film received a novelization written by Hulk comic writer Peter David. Mrs. Krenzler adopts him, after which Bruce takes on the name and grows up believing his birth parents are dead. Nice touch. [81] However, Edward Norton rewrote Penn's script after he signed on to star, retelling the origin story in flashbacks and revelations, to establish the film as a reboot; director Louis Leterrier agreed with this approach. He then fights the army and destroys a tank. The Marvel Super Heroes is an American animated television series starring five comic book superheroes from Marvel Comics.The first TV series based on Marvel characters, it debuted in syndication on U.S. television in 1966.. He becomes the Hulk and destroys the lab. The film was released on June 20, 2003, and it grossed $245 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 2003. The United States military pursues him, and he comes into conflict with his biological father, who has a dark plan for his son. ", "Biggest Second Weekend Drops at the Box Office", "Biggest Opening Weekends at the Box Office", "The 30th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations", "Busting out: 'Hulk' stars aglow for the premiere", ". [8][35] Lee cited influences from King Kong, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Beauty and the Beast, Faust, and Greek mythology to interpret the story. A wonderful adaptation of a tortured, misunderstood human being.Highly recommended, by me, for true Hulk fans. About the power to defend yourself against bullies and evil monsters and the supernatural ability to grow bigger and stronger. The Hulk finds Betty at her forest cabin. "Banner's" (Eric Bana's) father (played by Nick Nolte) shuffles back into his life after 30 years incarceration for causing the events that had traumatized the young Banner. Young Bruce is a withdrawn and closed child, rarely outwardly expressing emotion even in extreme cases, with patches of green skin that appear when he feels intense emotions. Marvel controls all the Hulk-related licenses and Universal still maintains only the distribution rights. 99 to rent. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? After Bruce refuses, David bites into a wire and absorbs the energy, mutating into a powerful electrical creature. When rage overcomes Dr. Bruce Banner and he turns into a green monster many times his original size, it is not to fight evil or defend the American way, but simply to lash out at his tormentors. About the power to defend yourself against bullies and evil monsters and the supernatural ability to grow bigger and stronger. After Ang Lee's Hulk in 2003, Universal opted not to develop a sequel in the contractually allotted time frame and so the actual rights to use the character reverted back to Marvel. A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero. Are there any references in the film to the Hulk mythology. [17] One of the many visual images in the film that presented an acting challenge for Bana was Lee's split-screen technique to mimic a comic book page panels cinematically. Tolkin was brought in January 2000, while Universal brought Hayter in September of that year. Awakening in a hospital bed, Bruce tells Betty he feels better than ever. He tel… [66] Although Peter Travers of Rolling Stone felt Hulk should have been shorter, he heavily praised the action sequences, especially the climax and cliffhanger. [62], On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 62% approval rating based on 235 reviews and an average rating of 6.26/10. [8] In October 1997, Hulk had entered pre-production with the creation of prosthetic makeup and computer animation already underway. Acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee's concept for his film adaptation of the classic Marvel Comics series, The Hulk, combines all the elements of a blockbuster visual effects-intensive superhero movie with the brooding romance and tragedy of Universal's classic horror films. Hulk (2003) Directed by Ang Lee Starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte PG-13 Universal Pictures Distribution Release date: October 28, 2003 [40], Filming began on March 18, 2002, in Arizona and moved on April 19 to the San Francisco Bay Area. But he used quite a lot of elements from John Turman's scripts and quite a lot from mine, and that's why we were credited. About the power to defend yourself against bullies and evil monsters and the supernatural ability to grow bigger and stronger. A soundtrack album was released on June 17, 2003, by Decca Records. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world. He later uses some of Bruce's DNA for animal experimentation. The Hulk (2003) should have been an exciting and fun, complex and entertaining, psychological-drama, action, adventure thriller. [8] However, he has anger management issues before the Hulk is born, which makes everything worse. Prime Video $2.99 $ 2. Filming for Hulk was to start in April 2000. Ross arrests David, sending him to a mental hospital. [8][24] His script featured a fight between the Hulk and a school of sharks,[20] and two scenes he eventually used for the 2008 film: Banner realizing he cannot have sex and triggering a transformation by falling out of a helicopter. Though my younger children watched it, it gave them serious food for thought about what scientists do to animals and people in the name of science. [68], Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle considered "the film is more thoughtful and pleasing to the eye than any blockbuster in recent memory, but its epic length comes without an epic reward. Hulkfailed to recoup its $137 million budget since it did not make more than $274 millio… Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps. After the mixed reception to Universal's 2003 film Hulk, Marvel Studios reacquired the rights to the character though Universal retained distribution rights.Leterrier, who had expressed interest in directing Iron Man for Marvel, was brought onboard and Penn began work on a script that would be much closer to the comics and the 1978 television series of the same name. Hayter's draft featured The Leader, Zzzax, and the Absorbing Man as the villains, who are depicted as colleagues of Banner and get caught in the same accident that creates the Hulk. At one point, Joe Johnston and then Jonathan Hensleigh were to direct the movie. After a lab accident involving gamma radiation, he finds himself able to turn into a giant green-skinned creature whenever emotionally provoked or stressed. Thirty years later, Bruce is a brilliant researcher working at the University of California, Berkeley, with his ex-girlfriend and Ross's estranged daughter, Betty Ross. Bruce's rage grows from the rising tensions around him and activates his gamma-radiated DNA. [76], Connelly and Danny Elfman received nominations at the 30th Saturn Awards with Best Actress and Best Music. David realizes Bruce inherited his mutant DNA and attempts to find a cure. [31][32], France stated his vision of the film was different from the other drafts, which based Bruce Banner on his "amiable, nerdy genius" incarnation in the 1960s. "[70] Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly stated, "a big-budget comic-book adaptation has rarely felt so humorless and intellectually defensive about its own pulpy roots. I am a very happy viewer. A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom. The film explores the origins of Bruce Banner. 99 to rent. It made $113.2 million in foreign countries, coming to a worldwide total of $245.4 million. Elements such as the "Gammasphere," Bruce and Betty's tragic romance, and the black ops made it to the final film. Hensleigh, John Turman, Michael France, Zak Penn (who would later write The Incredible Hulk), J. J. Abrams, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Michael Tolkin, and David Hayter wrote more scripts before Ang Lee and James Schamus' involvement. I think that at some point when I wasn't in the room, there may have been discussions about turning it into a Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler movie. [36] Schamus said he had found the storyline that introduced Brian Banner, allowing Lee to write a drama that again explored father-son themes. In a fit of rage, David causes the facilities' gamma reactor to explode. He has been married to Adriane "Ace" Harper since October 12, 2013. Hensleigh immediately went to rewrite the script to lower the budget. France cited inspiration from the 1980s Hulk stories, which introduced Brian Banner, Bruce's abusive father who killed his mother. [73] In 2018, Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com wrote that the film is "a genuinely great example of cinematic pop art that deserves a reappraisal". [8] Johnston dropped out of directing in July 1997 in favor of October Sky, and Hensleigh convinced Universal to make the Hulk his directing debut. There are some distribution rights issues. [8], Michael Tolkin and David Hayter rewrote the script afterward, despite the producers' positive response over France's script. Talbot takes control from Ross, forcing Betty to return home. David Banner is a genetics researcher trying to improve human DNA by experimenting on himself. John Turman, a Hulk comic book fan, was brought to write the script in 1994, getting approval from Lee. [65], Roger Ebert gave a positive review, explaining, "Ang Lee is trying to actually deal with the issues in the story of the Hulk, instead of simply cutting to brainless visual effects." LIncroyable Hulk (The Incredible Hulk) est un film américain réalisé par Louis Leterrier, sorti en 2008. Locations included Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oakland, Treasure Island military base, and the sequoia forests of Porterville, before several weeks in the Utah and California deserts. [55] And a 70-second teaser trailer was attached to Spider-Man on May 3, 2002. An example of Lee's arthouse approach to the film was taking Bana to watch a bare-knuckle boxing match. Universal Pictures spent $2.1 million to market the film in a 30-second television spot during Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003. There's been a lot of confusion surrounding the film rights around the Hulk. Now an Army general, Ross begins investigating and becomes concerned for Betty's safety around Bruce. Bruce hardly recalls what happened after Betty finds him unconscious in his home the next morning. "However, as "Marvel" has the production rights to make a film with the Hulk, "Universal Pictures" still maintains distribution rights to any film starring the character in … [19][22], Hurd brought her husband Jonathan Hensleigh as co-producer the following year, and Universal hired Industrial Light & Magic to create the Hulk with computer-generated imagery. Hulk (also known as The Hulk) is a 2003 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Ang Lee and written by James Schamus, Michael France, and John Turman, from a story by Schamus. The shady Major Talbot becomes interested in creating regenerating soldiers for the military-industrial complex with the research. When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners. [4] With a final North American gross of $132.2 million, it became the largest opener not to earn $150 million. Just weeks before the film's release, several workprints leaked on the Internet. Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. He wants Bruce's power and his help to destroy his enemies. In 2012, Matt Zoller Seitz cited the film as one of the few big-budget superhero films that "really departed from formula, in terms of subject matter or tone", writing that the film is "pretty bizarre... in its old-school Freudian psychology, but interesting for that reason". [25] Hensleigh rewrote from scratch, coming up with a brand new storyline[8] featuring Bruce Banner, who, before the accident which turns him into The Hulk, experiments with gamma-irradiated insect DNA on three convicts, transforming them into "insect men"[26] that cause havoc. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge. This technique required many more takes of individual scenes than usual. [52] "They did leave some of my music in the movie," said Danna, "so the Arabic singing and some of the drumming is mine. [72] In Scout Tafoya's 2016 video essay on another film directed by Ang Lee, Ride with the Devil, he mentioned Hulk as "Lee's ill-fated but quietly soulful and deeply sad adaptation of The Incredible Hulk comics". [82] Leterrier acknowledged that the only remaining similarity between the two films was Bruce hiding in South America. Unknown to them, the radiation merged with Bruce's altered DNA. Showing all 5 items Jump to: Summaries (4) Synopsis (1) Summaries. David calls Bruce that night and says he has mutated his three dogs and sicked them on Betty. Universal brought Turman back a second time to write two more drafts. Hulk (also known as The Hulk) is a 2003 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Ang Lee and written by James Schamus, Michael France, and John Turman, from a story by Schamus. Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry. This film was rebooted as "The Incredible Hulk (2008)" with the intention of the character fitting within the "Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film went on to gross $132.2 in North America, and $113.2 in foreign countries, coming to a worldwide total of $245.4 million. [29], Hensleigh found the rewriting process too complicated and dropped out, feeling he "wasted nine months in pre-production". The army then pursuits him and he transforms into the Hulk. My oldest was enthralled. Bruce becomes the Hulk and fights David. 1989 | CC. David confronts Betty at her house, offering to surrender himself and asking to speak to Bruce "one last time" in exchange. Universal was courting France once more to write the screenplay,[8] but changed their minds when Joe Johnston became the director in April 1997. Representing the government, Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross shuts down David's research after discovering his dangerous experiments. Hulk [48][49], Danny Elfman composed the film score for Hulk after scoring Spider-Man the previous year. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The Marvel Comics character of Dr. Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk was the basis for the CBS television series "The Incredible Hulk," which aired from 1978-82. "[8][38][39] France, Turman, and Schamus received final credit. Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry. [57], Hulk was released on VHS and DVD on October 28, 2003. Seeking to profit from the Hulk's abilities, Talbot tries and fails to provoke Bruce before putting him in an isolation tank. [75] The film grossed $132.2 million in North America on a budget of $137 million. Lee told him that he was shooting a Greek tragedy: he would be making a "whole other movie" about the Hulk at Industrial Light & Magic. France turned in his final drafts in late 1999 – January 2000. Then Danny Elfman was hired. Eric Bana stars as Bruce Banner/Hulk, alongside Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, and Nick Nolte. Kodak. From March to August 2002, Hulk was mostly shot in California, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. They're presumed dead after Ross orders a Gamma Charge Bomb to end the fight. [23] The studio wanted Hensleigh to rewrite the script due to his successful results on Johnston's Jumanji. The Hulk (2003) should have been an exciting and fun, complex and entertaining, psychological-drama, action, adventure thriller. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. 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