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Norton's Involvement on "Incredible Hulk" Script

Posted: August 16th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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During Comic-Con, Edward Norton announced that he has been writing the script for "The Incredible Hulk," while the whole time it was believed that Zak Penn (X2, Electra) has been tasked with the job. Now, the whole thing has been clarified.

According to LA Times, it all started when another writer's treatment was declined in early 2006, causing Marvel to hire Penn, who wrote three drafts over a year. By spring 2007, Penn was about to go off to promote his movie "The Grand," but the studio and the director, Louis Leterrier (The Transporter), still felt that the screenplay needed work.

When Norton came in to meet about starring as Bruce Banner in April, the film had already been greenlighted and there were just three months before shooting was scheduled to begin, just after Independence Day. But Norton had well-established (if underground) writing experience and strong ideas about how to separate the film from any confusion over its connection to the 2003 Ang Lee version by casting it in a more distinct, starting-over vein like "Batman Begins" or "Casino Royale."

So Norton's initial deal included payment not just for his acting services but for his writing talents too, with his draft contractually stipulated to be turned around in less than a month. As it turned out, Norton delayed work on another screenplay job to do "Hulk," and he continues to tweak the script as principal photography hits its halfway point outside Toronto.

Norton has done such a great job that Marvel Studios president of production, Kevin Feige, has stated that he would want to hire him for other films. "Yes, he is that good a writer that I would definitely work with him on another movie that he wasn't starring in."

Click here to read more about "The Incredible Hulk."

Source: LA Times


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