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UPDATED: Did Ya Like THE INCREDIBLE HULK?? Its Director Just Lined Up His Next Project...

UPDATED 06/16/08 7:48PM CST USA
Merrick again...
I'm being told the Hollywood Reporter article linked below may have bad intel as far as Leterrier actually directing STRAYS. He may not/will not direct...although he's in to write & produce. Like Besson did when Leterrier directed the TRANSPORTER films... --- ORIGINAL ARTICLE FOLLOWS ---

Merrick here...
Louis Leterrier, who brought us the first two TRANSPORTER films, Jet Li's UNLEASHED, and newly released THE INCREDIBLE HULK, has zeroed in on his next gig: an eco-thriller called STRAYS.
In "Strays," a group of young consultants on a business trip to Russia mysteriously wake up in an abandoned and radioactive city and fight to survive the deadly obstacles in between them and safety.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. That's all that's known about the nature of the film...and I'm not sure I "see" it. If you know more, please e-mail me so we can bring this project into clearer focus.

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  • June 16, 2008, 8 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

  • June 16, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Hey my first "First"...

    by Marxeffect

  • June 16, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah i know i need a life!

    by Marxeffect

  • June 16, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Sounds Like Stalker

    by MightyOs

    Hollywood - unoriginal.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by loafroaster

    ...and that was great, right?

  • June 16, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by Jack Shepherd


  • June 16, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Half-life, the movie.

    by Powerring

  • June 16, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    yes it was. Now fuck off.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed the fuck out of The Incredible Hulk.

    by Knuckleduster

    Such a fun movie, and it was great to finally see the Hulk beat the poop out of someone onscreen. I won't mind another one.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Incredible Hulk was pretty effing good

    by photoboy

    So I'm happy to give this film a try, even if it sounds a bit like Doomsday. Hopefully they'll set it in Chernobyl, the pictures I've seen of the deserted town of Pripyat are really eerie.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    the hulk was fucking shit

    by HypeEndsHere

    it wasn't even fun like the happening

  • June 16, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Severance


    Hulk was good.<P>Better than the last one and the director did a decent jobs but I liked Ironman better<P>So far this year the better movies I have seen have been non CG(or so well you can't tell)films! I must be getting old and I cry when I think how bad the new Indy film messed with my Skull cabbage!

  • June 16, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    I am officially a Leterrier fan

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I loved the Transporter films and thoroughly enjoyed The Incredible Hulk, so I reckon I'm signed up for whatever has coming up next.<p>I haven't seen Unleashed, though. Anyone know if it's any good? I going to have to cjeck that one out.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    ugh is it zombies?

    by dizzywhip

    its zombies isn't it? dawn of the dead remake officially killed zombies for me. some body get creative here and invent something besides zombies (and vampires)

  • June 16, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    It's a Chernobyl story...

    by Roguewriter

    The ghost wolves of Chernobyl. Was wondering how long it would take someone to plumb that chilling landscape for cinematic gems. Could be excellent... could be another THE BREED.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Doomsday question for Jarv

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Is it any good? The reviews I read ranged from fucking great to fucking awful, so I'm on the fence about seeing it. I liked Dog Soldiers and loved The Descent, and lord knows I enjoy looking at Rhona Mitra.<p>Do you reckon it's worth a watch?

  • June 16, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Yes, Stalker as an

    by eggart

    action movie springs to mind.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    sounds like

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    your mom.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    What if...

    by TheJake

    ...the answer is "no"? As in "no" I didn't like The Incredible Hulk. While it was definitely an improvement over the first one, I didn't think it was all that "incredible".

  • June 16, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset

    by WhoDis

    "Unleashed" is very good. I also liked "Hulk", but haven't seen the "Transporter" movies.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    If it's mutated killer animals, I'm there.

    by Nice Marmot

    Like a new, Russian Prophecy maybe. Nice. Zombies? Been there. Done that.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset

    by Marxeffect

    I reckon its worth a watch! i'm a massive fan of dog soldiers and the descent, its not as good as these but its not bad, very Friday night rentable! Its very similar in tone to Escape from New York just not as good. Downpoint: Only 1 set of funbags in the entire film :'(

  • June 16, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset

    by CreasyBear

    "Unleashed" has some good scenes, but it feels like two extremely different movies mashed together. The over-the-top cage fights seem a little laughably stylized when combined with the lost-soul scenes in which Morgan Freeman tries to connect with Jet Li (who actually does a good job in the role of an emotionally traumatized man). Bob Hoskins is great, if a little much, like Gary Oldman in the Professional.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Thanks, WhoDis

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I've added Unleashed to my list of films I'll be renting at some point, based purely on your recommendation. That means, as per usual, I will be holding you personally responsible if it sucks.<p>Personally responsible!<p>Anyway, I'm sure I'll like it. Leterrier is great, and I think the only reason I've avoided it is I've been so disappointed with pretty much everything Jet Li has done outside of Hong Kong.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I hope they read "Wolve Eat Dogs"

    by zinc_chameleon

    by Martin Cruz Smith. The research in that book is fantastic. You could all sorts of weird occurrences in Chernobyl.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    More thanks to Marxeffect and CreasyBear

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Everyone is so helpful today. I like it. No one has called me a cunt even once.<p>Doomsday does seem like it'll be my sort of thing. Escape From New York - Great. The Road Warrior - Great. That guy who did The Descent and Dog Soldiers - Pretty great. Rhona Mitra - Degoddamnlicious.<p>Looks like I'm putting Doomsday on the list, too.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    UNLEASHED is one of my all time favorite flicks....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I won't try to argue that its a "great film" or anything, but I love every second of it. I agree with the poster above who said that it's sort of two different movies mashed together, but that's part of its charm. Structurally it works sort of like a fairy tale or parable....with Jet Lee as Pinocchio trying to become a real of the most satisfying moments in any action flick is when the hero finally looses his composure and you know that the baddies are already dead...they just don't know it yet. Unleashed does that moment as well or better than anything I can think of...

  • June 16, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Escape from Chernobyl

    by StovetopStuffin'

    that's what it sounds like so far.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by classyfredblassy

    Was a made for tv movie starting the red hair guy from Revenge of the Nerds and 30something. In it he fought of scary, mean feral cats!!! Ohhh scary. Love the line before he dusts the Alpha Cat..."here kitty kitty"

  • June 16, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Unleash the Transporter

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    I'll be the dissenter here and say I thought Unleashed was garbage. The story was all over the place and that third act was just rotten. I enjoyed the heck out of the first Transporter but I turned the second one off when that chick shot a couple rounds into the helicopter and it exploded. Over the top is one thing, laughably bad is another.<p>Dog Soldiers rocked on every level though.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    That is enough, Hawaiian

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I will not hear anyone say bad things about Transporter 2.<p>That film is a goddamn masterpiece!

  • June 16, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    Doomsday is good- it's Marshall's worse film but it is well worth watching with a few beers. <P>Rhona Mitra, while no-one would kick her out of bed for eating crisps, can't act and this is final proof. <P>It only just finished playing in Britain, so you'll have a good while before the DVD ends. I had to go to the West End to watch it. Which pissed me right off. Why the delay Neill? Why? <P>And Dog Soldiers rocks. There can be no debating this.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The Descent is a masterpiece though

    by Lost Jarv

    The finest horror movie of the decade. <P>There can be no debating this, either.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Leterrier only directed Transporter 2...

    by HarryWannaBe

    This isn't the first post that AICN has said Leterrier "did both Transporter films"...he was Second Unit on the first one (or "artistic director" according to IMDb)...Corey Yuen directed the first Transporter flick. That said, I did check out 'The Incredible Hulk' on Saturday and was quite pleased by it, definitely a fun flick!

  • June 16, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset

    by AdrianVeidt

    You're a cunt. <p> Sorry, I simply had to, but I have to agree with you - Transporter 2 was a LOT of fun and only ENHANCED all the good parts of Transporter. Also, it helped Americanize Jason Statham

  • June 16, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    This guy's a good action director.

    by Spandau Belly

    I haven't seen Hulk, but he steadily improved with each film he made up until then. So far he's batting 100% with me, but I think I'll skip The Hulk and just go right to Escape From Chernobyl.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Leterrier just gets it

    by kilik777

    He doesnt pretend to be some high brow director just someone thats great with popcorn type of flicks. Having said that Danny The Dog aka Unleashed had some great dramatic moments that shows he could handle a serious drama if he wanted.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    radioactive city huh

    by ValMcKee

    next time they should hide in a fridge

  • June 16, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    slither? Frailty? Saw? The Hills Have Eyes?

    by Lost Jarv

    Are you mad? All of those are shit. <P>I haven't seen The Mist though.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Sounds like "The World Ends With You"

    by Ye Not Guilty

    The World Ends With You is a kick-ass game for the Nintendo DS. I fully expect it will be adapted for a movie sometime.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Incredible Hulk was pretty good

    by Mr Writer

  • June 16, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I liked it!

    by Orionsangels

    I was surprised how much I liked the HULK. Just about everything worked.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    LOVED the HUlk

    by versatol

  • June 16, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    MightyOS: STALKER

    by Nerdboy1423

    There are so few out there that have seen STALKER. But I must ask, are you referring to the film or the videogame. Tarkovsky's film is a huge masterwork, the game is great too, but I was just wondering. And yes, I agree, this does sound alot like STALKER. Personally I would love to see more people be interested in the old film through any means, obviously an American remake won't ever hold a candle to the original as no studio would ever greenlight such a minimalist naturalist production.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Not just zombies, Martial Arts Zombies!!!

    by George Newman

    I can't help but imagine how he won't be able get away from martial arts. he only did it with Hulk cuz it is just such a well-defined property. If he had the hulk do any martial arts it would have been 100000 times worse than nipples on Batman

  • June 16, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    You already now it's a zombie film

    by Johnno

    If it isn't I'd be very plesantly surprised... that is if whatever there is is better than zombies... Anyway Hulk was alright...

  • June 16, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Zombies! Just Like Russians, They Are Sooo Hungry!

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    But now they are bullet proof from the neck down. Ah the ironies of life. Or maybe the are just thirsty for vodka? Braaaiiin......Gooooooooooooooooooose

  • June 16, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Hulk sucked

    by AntoniusBloc

    and so do 'eco-thrillers' whatever the hell that is

  • June 16, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk was no better than Ang Lee's.


    MARVEL STUDIOS: For me, not Favreau nor Leterrier have delivered on the your properties yet. If you are reading this, please get an A-list director for Avengers - Steven Spielberg ideally. The material warrants it. Favreau is too actor-centric and Leterrier had his balls cut off.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I have an idea for an Eco-Thriller

    by smackfu

    It's about a bunch of Texans on vacation in Seattle who unwittingly wander into a patchouli patch which harbors a terrible secret...

  • June 16, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    This ain't another zombie flic is it?

    by dirtsandwich

    Radioactive zombies

  • June 16, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    Yeah, I'm sure the studios are going to listen to you...instead of the scores of fans and critics that gave these movies rave reviews, or the dump trucks full of $$$ lining up around the block.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    frailty rules

    by chipps

    it's the Flanders on crack

  • June 16, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Shit, they're doing killer trees again?

    by TallBoy66

    Well, fuck me.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    i immediately thought mightyos meant the tarkovsky masterpiece - tho i like the sound of the game and how it riffs on aspects of the film with chernobyl used as the setting. but please, let's hope they don't remake that, i don't want another solaris. i think stalker was my favorite tarko flim 'till i saw the sacrifice. now i'm not sure what is real and if i just moved my mouse across its pad without touching it...

  • June 16, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    It's a remake of Vin Diesel's "Strays"

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Except without the whole young hustler on the streets of New York angle

  • June 16, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Tarkovsky's STALKER...

    by Chishu_Ryu about a man of faith guiding two intellectuals into a government restricted area called "The Zone" to find out if the Zone really does fulfill the wishes of those brave enough to journey. With the exception of a post-apocalyptic setting, how does this new Leterrier flick sound like Tarkovsky's?

  • June 16, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Hulk was a generic action thriller

    by jawsfan

    "The Incredible Hulk" played out like any one of a hundred military action or guy-on-the-run movies. Paint-by-numbers script and plot. Other than there being a couple of big green guys in it, there wasn't much to distinguish it from any other summer popcorn movie.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    INCREDIBLE HULK was awesome

    by Mike_D

    dont know why the hate for

  • June 16, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. the game, I can see...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    ...this flick could indeed be inspired by that utter bastardization of Tarkovsky's masterpiece...

  • June 16, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    When the Chernobyl cloud passed over Europe...

    by Prossor

    went west into europe in 86 i was in the baltic states but a wee lad so hopefully we didnt have any people going green and hulking out or getting animal-related superpowers...

  • June 16, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    hulk looked like a video game

    by vestaxwax

    that i couldn't play. kinda mediocre. this review spells it like it sounds:

  • June 16, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Chishu_Ryu: It's doesn't sound like STALKER.

    by Nerdboy1423

    It doesn't really sound like the Tarkovsky from the description, it really depends on what they face within the Radioactive zone. Just the idea of being within a zone like that is interesting, and I'm sure with STALKER being the pre-eminent film of it's kind, it may draw some elements if it takes that route. I'm sure it will be shit though. I don't really think Letterier is much Tarkovsky revivalist, although I can't put my finger on why. hahaha...Sacrifice was awesome btw.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    2true sighting

    by Lost Jarv

    In the Call Girl thread <P>Kneel before the god of hellfire!

  • June 17, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    well it certainly sounds superficially like stalker, the zone was full of traps that they had to negotiate, remember. there were certain areas that had to be doubled-back around and they couldn't approach their objective directly. to think that letterier is going to similarly tackle the philosophical meanings of that film is laughable so i didn't take the original post with that in mind. that shot of all the artifacts lying just under the surface of the water in the stream is probably one of my favorite things ever put in a film. and that bird rising from the mounds of sand inside the building and the music that accompanies it at that moment. it makes you feel as if you're experiencing something mystical on your fucking couch. oh man what a movie!

  • June 17, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Incredible Miss

    by godhelpus

    The "Hulk" was abysmal. Barely a single memorable moment. Very boring and flat. Was looking at watch frequently.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Thanks to Jarv (if he's reading)

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I agree with you all the way on The Descent. I'm not a huge fan of horrors these days, but that one was excellent. Very tense, even before the CHUDs arrived.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Did not care for TIH...

    by HoichiTheEarless

    Absolutely standard and indistinguishable Hollywood fare. Don't get the positive early word at all.. Iron Man was definitely better... they were both weakened considerably by generic, cookie cutter musical scores (someone at Marvel hasn't figured out yet how important the music for films like this... or any film for that matter, is). IM though had the genuine wit in creating the Tony Stark character and RDJ's delivery going for it. TIH had some good actors and they did fine with the roles, but the roles were not that interesting. Also, I'm not a Marvel comics connoisseur so I'm not squealing with glee over the cross references and in jokes... I thought it was somewhat distracting and a bad fit to end the film on one.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    course I am Frank

    by Lost Jarv

    Like 2true I try to be omnipresent here during work hours. <P>It's tough though. <P>Don't expect Doomsday to be as good as Dog Soldiers, let alone the Descent. It isn't. But it is still worth watching- get some beer and ogle the insanity.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Beer and insanity

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Doomsday sounds like a good Friday night post-drunkening film, and there is nothing wrong with that.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    UPDATE: Merrick can't read!

    by HarryWannaBe

    Leterrier only directed 'Transporter 2'...he did not direct the first one. oy vey!

  • June 17, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Hmmm Louis and Transporter 1

    by Series7

    I remember on IMDB he used to be listed as co-director. But not anymore? Whatever, we know which one is going to be more famous and get better directing gigs though. <P> As for the Hulk and Iron Man, I feel that they are both on the same level. But I left both of them feeling the same emptyness/unfufillment with them. And since I've gotten back into reading comics I've noticed the same unfufillment/wanting more when reading a month to month comic. Having to wait a month before I find out more of that story. Thats how these two movies are, they are comic books. They are both set up for sequels and we know that and they were both well done, but they were both just huge set ups for a much bigger sequel. Its like ok now that we got that out of the way lets see what they can really do. I don't know if that adds to them being good or what, its just weird.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Hulk was great

    by Second Try

  • June 17, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by movieghoul

    Don't even get me started with the comparison to Ang Lee's Film that was boring psychobabble but this time they nailed it. This Movie is what the Hulk is all about if You disagree then you never read a hulk comic in your life. Don't listen to the haters Harry you are the man

  • June 17, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I just got back from seeing the Incredible Hulk.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I know the "smart" people like the Ang Lee version, but this is by far the superior film. It hit all the right notes, and paid homage to the tv series in a wonderful way. I LOVED the Bill Bixby cameo when Bruce lande on the courtship of Eddie's father.LOVED it. I loved Stan Lee's cameo- unlike other films where he was a dude on a beach, a mailman, etc (which were all awkwardly placed), he was a component to the plot of the movie. I LOVED that. And Lou wasn't some dummy walking down some steps this time, an actual conversation took place, where Bruce said "you're the man". That was amazing. And I loved the Incredible Hul music. I loved the idea of Bruce wearing a watch that monitors pulse. Very clever. I loved that when he went back to Bruce, his pants wouldn't fit, so he bought stretchy pants. I loved that Betty gave him purple pants. I loved the scene where he tells her that he has some techniques that will help her temper. I loved that Bruce was trying ANYTHING to control his anger- meditation, breathing exercises, etc. I loved that up until the showdown with the Abomination, The Hulk was the badass. In the trailers, you didn't get that idea. Just a great, great time at the movies.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk was better than Iron Man.

    by Cotton McKnight

    It just was. I thought that the movie was kind of sloppy in some places. I thought that Jeff Bridges was just weird in that movie. But I did enjoy it and i'm looking forward to the next one. I have to say the Incredible Hulk is the most entertaining movie I have seen this year.

  • June 18, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Nerdboy1423 - Stalker

    by MightyOs

    I have to admit I first thought of the videogame when I read the proposed synopsis for this article. Whilst Stalker the movie has some obvious connection as well, I'd hope they don't try to remake it.