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Exclusive : “I’d do Hulk 2″, says Letterier

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I loved “The Incredible Hulk” – and you’ll likely be surprised to hear I’m not referring to the Lou Ferrigno/Bill Bixby-starring series. I’m referring to director Louis Letterier’s action-packed reboot of the film franchise, with Edward Norton going all spew-green.

Though Edward Norton doesn’t seem that keen to slap on the CGI muscles again anytime soon, director Letterier tells Moviehole that he would definitely do a sequel to his 2008 hit if asked.

He’d also love it if Norton would consider reprising his role as the scientist cum avenger.

“Yeah, he’s a great actor and a great Hulk”, Letterier says. “Sure. I’d return to it. I have some ideas. So many ideas for so many things.”

It goes without saying Letterier was tight-lipped, but likely only because he hasn’t heard anything about a sequel.

The next time we will likely see ‘The Hulk’ it’ll be as part of Marvels tag-team flick “The Avengers” -and at this stage it’s not known whether Norton will be returning, or whether they’ll just use CGI to create the character (and leave The Hulk’s alter-ego, Bruce Banner, out of proceedings). The latter seems to be the most popular theory at this time.

I honestly can’t believe more people (and that includes Norton) didn’t enjoy Letterier’s take on “The Hulk”.

If the first “Hulk” (directed by Ang Lee and released in 2003) is the ex-girlfriend, then the newest take on the comic classic is the wife.

You know what I’m talking about – You were never completely happy with the ex-girlfriend (it goes without saying, she’s the ex-girlfriend) – though at times she did satisfy – and in the back of your mind, knew there had to be something better out there. When you did find what you were looking for, your put a ring on her finger. The wife is someone you want to spend as much time with as possible; someone that you can appreciate, adore and love. With her, you’re content. She is it.

Ang Lee’s feature version of the classic Marvel Hulk comics, starring Eric Bana as the computer generated trunk, was occasionally satisfying but mostly disappointing – and like that former flame, you knew something didn’t click the longer you spent with her. You’ll find contentment with “The Incredible Hulk”, a wholly-satisfying couple of hours that’ll enchant you from it’s first frame.

Lee’s film was a psychological drama that spent much more time inside the head of the hero, rather than the super heroic feats that come with being the legendary mutant. Letter’s film is interested in what makes Bruce Banner tick – and turn angry – too, but not nearly as interested as it is in simply serving up the kind of wall-to-wall action sequences and blockbuster battles we’ve become accustomed to expect with superhero movies.

Letterier’s action-film skills really came in handy here. He’s concocted his action scenes with flair and thought – never serving up anything resembling padding. But Letterier also deserves praise for injection a lot of heart and human drama into his film – something his earlier efforts have sorely lacked.

I really do hope he gets another chance to tackle the big green guy again.

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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