The Many Influences Of Ang Lee’s Hulk

The Many Influences Of Ang Lee’s Hulk

Ang Lee and James Schamus did a vastly underrated film version of Hulk (2003), which had many influences.

James Schamus’ wasn’t the only script draft for the film, though. Michael France and John Turman’s drafts made it a bit too much like a quintessential superhero film with villains directly from the comic books and direct faithfulness.

Nonetheless, Schamus used some ideas from France and Turman to complete his and Lee’s psychological interpretation of the Hulk.

According to a June 17th 2003 IGN interview with Ang Lee, he inspired the film off of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll And Mister Hyde (1886), Beauty and the Beast (1740), Faust, Greek mythology and King Kong (1933).

Ang Lee took all of these iconic books and films and made his version of the Hulk into an angsty and psychological outlook with father-son issues as in The Ice Storm (1997) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).


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