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Hulk, Cloak & Dagger being prepped for TV

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It looks like the Hulk could once again be smashing the small screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and ABC are working on a new Hulk TV series for the network, as well as a Cloak & Dagger series for ABC Family. Both are in the early stages of development.

According to the report, Marvel met with ABC back in May to pitch several potential television shows, including Hulk, Heroes for Hire, Moon Knight, The Eternals, Ka-Zar and The Punisher, among others. Cloak & Dagger made the cut despite not being on the list, and Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel’s TV division, is reportedly hearing ideas for the show. HR also notes that The Punisher could become a cable show down the road — presumably not on ABC Family.

The original Hulk television show, which starred Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as his green-skinned alter ego, ran from 1978 until 1982 on CBS.

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Cloak & Dagger I’m on board for, but how do you make a live hulk TV show nowadays without making it look cheesy?

Two runaway teenagers are abducted and experimented on with synthetic heroin, thereby unlocking their latent mutant powers: somehow I imagine that’s not exactly what ABC Family will be prepared to air without some minor alterations.

Ok, I can see the whole teen superhero thing working on ABC Family, but Cloak and Dagger? It’s pretty dark. Not just the origin, but the characters themselves. Cloak is constantly struggling with the predator in his cloak. Their relationship is a mess. And they want to put this on ABC Family?

Although having typed it, I realize it’ll just end up emo or something.

And can’t we just get Heroes for Hire instead? Get the Old Spice Guy to play Luke Cage and a blond guy to be Iron Fist and it’ll be gold. You won’t even need too much in the way of special effects. Just enough cgi to do Iron Fist’s chi techniques and Luke’s bulletproof skin and strength.

You wouldn’t even necessarily have to do costumes, Cage wears street clothes now anyway, and Iron Fist could be in a gi.

i for one have been waiting for marvel to do some thing with Cloak and Dagger . as for a new hulk tv series the big issue is going to be how do you do the hulk without it being cheesy and will it be able to finaly include some of the hulk’s rogues with out some censors saying too scary. heroes for hire could still happen down the road .

ABC FAMILY is no where near as “family friendly” as some of you guys think it is these days.

And can’t we just get Heroes for Hire instead? Get the Old Spice Guy to play Luke Cage and a blond guy to be Iron Fist and it’ll be gold. You won’t even need too much in the way of special effects. Just enough cgi to do Iron Fist’s chi techniques and Luke’s bulletproof skin and strength.

You wouldn’t even necessarily have to do costumes, Cage wears street clothes now anyway, and Iron Fist could be in a gi.

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I agree with everything you said.

So would Bruce Banner be played by Mark Ruffalo in the series too?

Relax…ABC Family, despite its name, shows a lot of TV-PG and even TV-14 material on a regular basis. It doesn’t forget that families also includes adults as well.

CLOAK & DAGGER could do very well on ABC Family without the concept being “kiddified” or heavily censored. If anything, Marvel properties headed there may more clearly establish the channel as not being a Disney-like station, but simply one with a broad age demographic (which it what it really is, IMO).

Anthony Chelette

October 15, 2010 at 4:31 am

Somehow I’m having a hard time imagining the wisdom of Ruffalo playing the Hulk in films, while some other guy plays him on tv— which also suggests that the Avengers-continuity might spread to television. Plus, would a tv show really have the budget to pull of CGI Hulk? My guess is Hulk would only make rare appearances…

I’d go more the animated route.

I hope they reconsider the Hulk. It’ll be considered a remake of the orginal tv show by most of the viewing public.

What is wrong with the Hulk being considered a remake of the original tv show? Heck what is wrong with making it a spot on remake of the original tv show?

Who says remakes can’t be good or successful? I think Hawaii 5-0 is off to a good start ratings wise, and it is hardly a cheesy “remake”

They need to bring back the Lonely Man theme. LONELY MAN THEME!

Also, I am digging the new Hawaii Five-0, but retaining the original theme is a big part of the fun.

LONELY MAN THEME!

I wish Marvel owned the rights to Daredevil. I think that would translate to TV better than most of their properties. Blind lawyer by day, crime fighter by night.
I still think Spider-man would work great on TV as well. I know the special effects would be tough to pull off on a TV budget, but I think there are so many storylines that it can follow. I’d use Bendis’ Ultimate as a blue print. Again, too bad they don’t have the rights to that.

Dear Marvel,
Please don’t.

Yours truly,
Juan

When will Marvel realize that “Damage Control” would make a great television show or movie?

Here’s the elevator pitch:
“Damage Control is a fictional construction company … which specializes in repairing the property damage caused by conflicts between superheroes and supervillains.” (from Wikipedia)

It’s “The Office” in the Marvel Universe.

For the fans, you toss in cameos and background characters. Perhaps even an occasional backdoor pilot.

Oh, I believe that most of the above characters could be done in live action, and well. The thing is, are superhero TV shows a good idea right now? Heroes was good for a while but eventually ruined itself for wanting to be too much like “Lost.” “Smallville” sells more for the emo stuff than the superhero part. Maybe they should wait to see how well “No Ordinary Family” does before ordering more shows in that genre.

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