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Jun. 6, 2008by:

Ed Norton Should the upcoming INCREDIBLE HULK prove successful (and all indications are that it will), the folks at the IESB have learned that star Ed Norton's contribution to the script - he rewrote a large portion of Zak Penn's original script - will apparently not be acknowledged. It seems sole writing credit on the film will go to Penn, as per the WGA's complex and mostly ridiculous regulations for awarding writing credit. Not that a writer getting shafted on writing credit due to an archaic WGA arbitration is anything new but if the film does make some serious bank at the box office, it's a shame the WGA dingbats won't acknowledge Norton's contribution. The Hulk smash begins June 13th.

Extra Tidbit: Didn't this happen with AMERICAN HISTORY X? Norton just can't catch a break. 2nd Extra Tidbit: Lou Ferrigno voices the actual Hulk. And he apparently says "Hulk smash!" at one point!
Source: IESB.net

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7:40PM on 06/08/2008

hehehe

It looks like that picture describes the whole situation. He is getting screwed by some invisable person who likely is getting all the fun while he suffers for it.
It looks like that picture describes the whole situation. He is getting screwed by some invisable person who likely is getting all the fun while he suffers for it.
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6:31AM on 06/08/2008
On the poster it credits "Edward Harrison" as the co-writer.
On the poster it credits "Edward Harrison" as the co-writer.
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1:19AM on 06/07/2008

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Yes that may seem like the case but I'd think Zak Penn would most likely rather the credit went to Norton. I can't imagine a writer feeling comfortable getting credit for a script that pretty much isn't his anymore. Even if it does do some bank who's to say Penn is going to be happy with the finished product's script. Now he's not only lost the original work he's done, but he'll also be blamed if it fails.

Norton didn't rewrite American History X...he simply recut it. Norton's a great actor,
Yes that may seem like the case but I'd think Zak Penn would most likely rather the credit went to Norton. I can't imagine a writer feeling comfortable getting credit for a script that pretty much isn't his anymore. Even if it does do some bank who's to say Penn is going to be happy with the finished product's script. Now he's not only lost the original work he's done, but he'll also be blamed if it fails.

Norton didn't rewrite American History X...he simply recut it. Norton's a great actor, and possibly a gifted writer as well...but he was in no way in the right for American History X. He stole someone's film and amped up his own performance for his own personal gain. The film did turn out quite excellent and he clearly has a good sense of story...but that doesn't mean it's forgiveable to simply oust the director of a project because they weren't giving you the best takes in the editing room.
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6:11PM on 06/06/2008

get credit??

The script was the same story Penn gave marvel when the first hulk was shot, yet that got rewritten beyond recognition.. so Penn presented them with the same story and decided they would go for it, Zak more then deserves the credit because once again the script was taken from him and rewritten... Ed isn't the one getting the shaft
The script was the same story Penn gave marvel when the first hulk was shot, yet that got rewritten beyond recognition.. so Penn presented them with the same story and decided they would go for it, Zak more then deserves the credit because once again the script was taken from him and rewritten... Ed isn't the one getting the shaft
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5:50PM on 06/06/2008
No, it didn't happen with AMERICAN HISTORY X, Norton only re-cut that movie. It happened to him on FRIDA, for which he did write the final script.
No, it didn't happen with AMERICAN HISTORY X, Norton only re-cut that movie. It happened to him on FRIDA, for which he did write the final script.
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3:12PM on 06/06/2008

ehh

i, for some reason, still can't get all that excited about this film. anything with norton turns out amazing but who really cares about banner. we go to see hulk "smash." but the more i see these trailers the more this it is looking like the first film they did. can they please just use a human to play the hulk so he looks somewhat normal size. hell bring in lou and paint him green, he is still a monster!
i mean if they can make iron man, human size, chuck people around and catch cars and
i, for some reason, still can't get all that excited about this film. anything with norton turns out amazing but who really cares about banner. we go to see hulk "smash." but the more i see these trailers the more this it is looking like the first film they did. can they please just use a human to play the hulk so he looks somewhat normal size. hell bring in lou and paint him green, he is still a monster!
i mean if they can make iron man, human size, chuck people around and catch cars and stuff they can do it for a normal sized body builder. enough with the fake looking cgi hulk.
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3:02PM on 06/06/2008

Edward Harrison?

I thought that the film credited "Edward Harrison" as the co-writer of this film, which is actually a pseudonym Ed Norton chose for his involvement on the script. In the trailer, the credits list Harrison as one of the screenwriters' names; did that change? I mean, most comic book fans would know that Edward Harrison is actually Ed Norton, wouldn't they?

If anyone knows if this means Edward Harrison will no longer be credited, please post an answer on this strike back. Thanks.
I thought that the film credited "Edward Harrison" as the co-writer of this film, which is actually a pseudonym Ed Norton chose for his involvement on the script. In the trailer, the credits list Harrison as one of the screenwriters' names; did that change? I mean, most comic book fans would know that Edward Harrison is actually Ed Norton, wouldn't they?

If anyone knows if this means Edward Harrison will no longer be credited, please post an answer on this strike back. Thanks.
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2:40PM on 06/06/2008

Andy. Kevin. Walker.

Maybe the director will pull a Fincher and assign some extras the names "Edward" and "Norton."

Nah, no one is Fincher-cool enough.

But it's widely known he rewrote the bulk of the story. If it banks big, he'll get no credit. If it tanks, it'll be all his fault. Funny, no?

Uh, but it shan't tank. It's The Hulk, for chrissakes.

:)
Maybe the director will pull a Fincher and assign some extras the names "Edward" and "Norton."

Nah, no one is Fincher-cool enough.

But it's widely known he rewrote the bulk of the story. If it banks big, he'll get no credit. If it tanks, it'll be all his fault. Funny, no?

Uh, but it shan't tank. It's The Hulk, for chrissakes.

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1:39PM on 06/06/2008

so what...

We all know the Ed had something to do with the Film's script, so even if the other guy gets all the credit, we all know that it was Ed who had something to do with the script as well, so we (the fans) will give him all of the credit, I seriously can't wait! one more week!!!
We all know the Ed had something to do with the Film's script, so even if the other guy gets all the credit, we all know that it was Ed who had something to do with the script as well, so we (the fans) will give him all of the credit, I seriously can't wait! one more week!!!
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