When it comes to adapting comic books, there are several "go-to" screenwriters — and Zak Penn is absolutely one of ’em. The writer recently shared his thoughts on where "The Incredible Hulk" is headed, plus he even talks a bit about "Iron Man" and the (eventually) upcoming "Avengers" movie!
Mr. Penn (whose non-comic-related flicks include "PCU," "Inspector Gadget," and "Incident at Loch Ness") was very forthcoming about the upcoming "Incredible Hulk" production, but I guess it’s easy to be forthcoming when you’re genuinely thrilled with the addition of Edward Norton as Bruce Banner: "I worked on the first ‘Hulk‘ movie and I remember talking about how awesome it would be if we got Ed Norton to play this part. He really was up for it the first time. I think Ed Norton’s one of the best actors working, and even I was pretty shocked that he wanted to do it." The screenwriter then goes on to make a fairly nifty comparison to The Hulk and Tyler Durden.
But wait, Marvel fans, there’s more: "It’s not going to be a sequel, but it’s hard to describe … The best description I would say is something like ‘Batman Begins‘ where it’s not necessarily out of continuity with the other movies, though that was more of an origin story. It’s much more of a reboot, the way that ‘Aliens‘ is a sequel to ‘Alien,’ but the kinds of movie are different." Damn this guy just keeps saying all the right things!
Mr. Penn then goes on to discuss a little of what he’d like to get out of his "Avengers" screenplay. Could we expect Edward Norton as The Hulk AND Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in the "Avengers" flick? Maybe! Check out the whole article because the guy also covers his own reactions to the first "Hulk" movie, his affection for the old TV series, how to handle the online backlash that’s been following the "Incredible Hulk" project, and just a little taste of what "Iron Man" might be like.