Ed Norton is taking another stab at the mainstream. He’s been away for a few years, popping up in bit parts in Kingdom of Heaven, almost single handedly turning The Illusionist into a bonafide hit, playing a retarded cowboy in Down in the Valley (and believe us when we tell you Norton is the only actor alive today who keeps a movie like that from becoming a joke), and other small movies. And in a way, after he bust onto the scene and starred in a slew of fairly mainstream roles from Fight Club, The Score, The Italian Job and Red Dragon, we’re just happy he’s filled his artistic cup and he can get back to making smart mainstream entertainment.
Which is why, we’re curious about the story Variety is reporting. Ed Norton is about to star in the sequel, remake, reimagining of The Hulk, tentatively titled The Incredible Hulk. Yup, Edward Norton is going to be playing Bruce Banner, the scientist who turns into the giant green monster. Though we’d rather see Steve Buscemi step into the role of the good doctor, and though we feel slightly like Ed Norton is selling out big time, I guess we’re just happy that Marvel Entertainment found the very best actor they could to replace Eric Bana as the green giant.
Norton takes over a role played in the Ang Lee-directed “Hulk” by Eric Bana. Though that film opened strongly, it didn?t fare as well as other Marvel efforts, including “Spider-Man,” “X-Men,” “Fantastic Four” and, most recently, “Ghost Rider.”
Marvel Studios, which has a $525 million credit facility obtained through Merrill Lynch, made “The Incredible Hulk” its second film under that arrangement, and seeks to make a sequel that is less self-serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show. Leterrier directed the action-filled “Transporter 2,” and “Unleashed.”
The new pic begins with Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a misunderstood green menace.
Leterrier impressed us enough with his Jet Li flick Unleashed. We’re hoping this is just a fun, intelligent pop corn flick, with none of the pretension and artsy-fartsy tricks Ang Lee threw in for no good reason.
Although some would argue that Ang Lee’s flick is the closest aproximation to a comic book on film, with it’s split panels and all that. We say hogwash, movies are different that comic books and have a language all their own.
Me Hulk like to smash things!