Theannouncements just keep coming on the big comic book flicks. Late yesterday UniversalPictures announced the release schedule for The Hulk. Here's theword from the studio:
UniversalPictures will release The Hulk, the feature film based upon theclassic Marvel Comics series, on June 20, 2003, it was announced by Nikki Rocco,president, Universal Pictures Distribution. Acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee (CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon) is set to direct the film, from a screenplay byJames Schamus. The film's producers are Gale Anne Hurd, Avi Arad, James Schamusand Larry Franco. Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee is the executive producer.
"TheHulk will be our big tent-pole movie for summer 2003, which will besupported with an unprecedented company-wide marketing effort, and the thirdweekend in June is the perfect release date for a major event title likethis,"' said Ms. Rocco.
Ang Lee'sconcept for the film will combine all the elements of a blockbuster visualeffects-intensive superhero movie with the brooding romance and tragedy ofUniversal's classic horror films -- for The Hulk is at once asuperhero and a monster, a wish fulfillment and a nightmare. Lee and his teamhave gone back to the moving, early incarnations of the character created in May1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, staying true to the subversive spirit of theearly Marvel years, while completely updating and projecting The Hulkinto the dangers and aspirations of contemporary times.
Eric Bana, whowon international acclaim in the title role of Chopper and whonext appears in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, stars as scientistBruce Banner, whose inner demons transform him into The Hulk in the aftermath ofa catastrophic experiment. Bana will play both the human Banner and -- throughgroundbreaking visual effects technology provided by the Oscar-winningIndustrial Light and Magic -- the superhuman Hulk. Jennifer Connelly, who wonrave reviews for her performance as a hapless Coney Island resident in RequiemFor A Dream and who currently co-stars with Russell Crowe in RonHoward's A Beautiful Mind, portrays Betty Ross, whose scientificgenius unwittingly helps unleash The Hulk, and whose love for Banner finds itsimpossible resolution in the film's denouement.
Production on TheHulk is scheduled to start on March 18, 2002 at Universal Studios in LosAngeles.