I wasn’t exactly sure how a few speed bumps in the creative process over at Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk turned into an all-out, shotgun wielding feud between star Edward Norton and the studio heads when I first read about it. Turns out, it was the media’s fault.
Entertainment Weekly has the full story of how a great working relationship between Norton and director Louis Leterrier was labeled as contentious and how a debate between commercial viability and artistic merit was branded as a bloodbath in the media.
In the piece, Leterrier claims that he genuinely loved working with Norton and that the disagreements with the studio were blown out of proportion. EW has also printed a statement from Norton about how amazing the movie is going to be.
So, as absolution for the media’s sins, we here at Film School Rejects are going to shift our focus away from internal production squabbles to how kick ass the new Hulk movie is going to be.
It stars one of the strongest actors of our generation – who also handled some of the rewriting duties – alongside a director who has proven himself at creating incredible action sequences. If Norton handled the drama with help from Leterrier and Leterrier handled the action with help from Norton, this movie is going to be awesome. A great blend of story and Hulk-smash.
To get you (and myself) excited all over again, we leave you with the trailer:
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On a side note, it turns out that “Leterrier” is not French for “The Little Dog”. Trust me, I’m as surprised as you are.