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Guillermo del Toro and David Eick to create The Hulk TV series for ABC

Guillermo del Toro (“Pans Labyrinth”, “Hellboy”) and David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”, “Caprica”) have been tapped by Marvel Studios and ABC Studios to create/executive produceĀ The Hulk TV series. [via Deadline]

Details of the premise are sketchy but I hear that the series will follow an origin story. In it, physicist Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the green and raging Hulk, will be in his mid-twenties, less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster. Unlike the two Hulk movies, in which the monster was a pure CGI creation, the series will employ a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI. Del Toro and Eick will break the story for the pilot script together, sharing story and created by credit. Eick will write the script, with del Toro attached to direct subject to his availability. Del Toro will also oversee the designing of the Hulk character, which is expected to draw on previous comic book incarnations, as well as the original 1978-82 Incredible Hulk TV series, with a few wild tweaks on the old look.

The project won’t be ready for fall consideration next season, but Marvel is reportedly looking to launch the show following the July 2012 theatrical release of The Avengers which will feature a Hulk of their own (played by Mark Rufallo). The series will likely debut on ABC during fall 2012.