The San Francisco Chronicle (via SFGate.com)
recently chatted with "Hulk" director Ang Lee about his surprising
transition from doing intimate, human films to helming the adventures of a
green, CGI, rage-a-holic comic book character.
While Lee was initially influenced to do the "Hulk" by his
children, he soon discovered the complex underpinnings of the character.
"That grabbed me right away," Lee told the Chronicle. "I was
on the way to doing something like that in 'Crouching Tiger,' to mix serious
drama with pop art. I got a taste of that and thought I could do that
Of course, movies like "Hulk" are made in two phases, with the real
actors being filmed first and the CGI leading man added in post-production. For
Lee, setting up his director's chair at the Industrial Light and Magic F/X shop
was a new and gratifying experience.
"This is the best part of making the movie, I think -- making the movie
at ILM. It was pretty much a contrast to what I expected it to be," Lee
said. "They call it Industrial Light & Magic, but there's no feeling of
industry. It feels totally handcraft. Every individual artist who works on the
shots -- it's very hands on."
ILM animation director Colin Brady, said Lee had plenty of input as to the
direction of the CGI actor, which may have included grunts, growls and bicep
flexing from the soft-spoken director.
"There's a lot of Ang in the Hulk," Brady told The Chronicle.
"Ang would have no problem getting up and acting out exactly what he was
looking for. It's a wonderful contrast to see this very soft-spoken guy launch
into this very broad action. Next thing you know, he's biting my arm or getting
me in a headlock or something."
The director hopes he's left his mark on the character.
"I would like to think that the fans, as loud and earnest as they can
be, I hope they make up, like, 0.1 percent of the audience," Lee said.
"I wanted to embrace (the comic), but I also wanted to feel free to create
my episode of the Hulk. If I got opinions from other places, I would be very
For more about how Ang Lee brought the green goliath to the big screen, check
Thanks to Welshcat for the lead.
Following up on yesterday's announcement of the "Solomon Kane"
FilmForce spoke with producer Don Murphy, who had been attached to the movie
in the past, but whose name was conspicuously absent from the new mention.
Regular C2F readers should be well familiar with the producer, who shepherded
Alan Moore's "From Hell" and "The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen" to the big screen. He's also working on "Iron Man" for
Marvel and New Line, "Spawn 2" and a slew of other comic-based fare.
Murphy spoke frankly about his prior involvement with the movie and why he's
no longer on board the "Solomon Kane" project.
"This is one of those classic stories that come up from time to time
when you are a successful producer specializing in a certain area (Sci-Fi,
Fantasy) and you agree to deal with wannabes," Murphy said of Paul and
Michael Berrow, whose Wandering Star shingle controls the rights to Robert E.
Howard's character. "EVERY
time I have ever agreed to deal with a wannabe outside Hollywood I have wasted
enormous time and resources and sworn never again, only to have something
incredible offered which makes me change my mind – and get burned again."
Murphy worked with the Berrows and brought the project to New Line where it
was all but set up, prompting an announcement last October. However, Murphy said
as the deals for all parties were negotiated, they were subsequently "BLOWN up by the Berrows – over nothing. I was confused.
New Line was confused."
Murphy also expressed skepticism over current producer current producer
Samuel Hadida and sympathy for writers David Jung and Steve Dandois who he says,
this for a year without pay."
The outspoken producer closed his remarks saying, "Solomon Kane may still
happen once the Howard
estate realizes they are missing the boat with the Berrows."
ROAD TO PERDITION
"Spider-Man" and"Blade II" went home dejected and
empty handed but "Road To Perdition" took two trophies at The 29th
Annual Saturn Awards.
reports that the Tom Hanks gangster movie took "Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film"
honors at the genre awards presentation on Sunday night.
Tyler Hoechlin also scored a "Best Younger Actor" award for his
portrayal of Hanks' young son.
Y: THE LAST MAN
confirms last Friday's report that Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra's DC/Vertigo
title "Y: The Last Man" has been optioned by New Line Cinema.
As reported, Benderspink principals Chris Bender and JC Spink; Mason Novick;
and producer David Goyer are producing the movie.
Goyer revealed to variety that he might pen the script for the movie,
although he's had interest from numerous writers about it.