Rhythm & Hues bulks up 'Hulk'

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The Hulk is getting a makeover.

Rhythm & Hues Studios said that it has been named the lead visual effects house on "The Incredible Hulk" from Marvel Studios, which is scheduled to start production in June in Toronto. Louis Leterrier will direct.

This project will give the Hulk a new look, as the Ang Lee-directed 2003 "Hulk" featured a CG character and lead visual effects from Industrial Light + Magic.

Rhythm & Hues was selected after several months of R&D that included the creation of a CG Hulk.

The company is well known for its character animation. For "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the studio's work included the film's well-received CG lion Aslan. Earlier character work included "Babe," which won an Academy Award for achievement in visual effects.

Pointing to the company's history with creating animals, Rhythm & Hues film division president Lee Berger sees "Hulk" as a great next project. "It's the first time Rhythm & Hues has been able to take a human-like character to its full exposition," he said. "There's great enthusiasm for this project (at the company)."

The casting of Bruce Banner/Hulk has not yet been announced. Eric Bana played the lead role in the 2003 film.

Upcoming visual effects productions from Rhythm & Hues include New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass," Fox 2000 Pictures and 20th Century Fox Animation's "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and Universal Pictures' "Evan Almighty."
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