BUT THEN WHAT HAPPENED?
One of the Hulk's producers, Gale Anne Hurd, brought her husband Jonathan Hensleigh onto the project to also act as a producer, but before France could even start writing he was dropped once again. At this point Hensleigh was offered the opportunity to write the script whilst director Joe Johnston was brought in to direct what was set to be called 'The Incredible Hulk'.
SO WHAT HAPPENED THEN?
Shortly after agreeing to direct, Johnston quit the project, which paved the way for Hensleigh to take his place as director and John Turman to return to write the script... which was rewritten by Zak Penn and then Hensleigh himself. This time the script saw the Hulk up against three Gamma infected bug-men and via a few more rewrites it FINALLY entered pre-production in late-1997 under the title of 'Hulk'. Character designs were completed, but over the next 6 months with budgets escalating production was put on hold. Hensleigh attempted to lower costs be rewritting the script AGAIN, but feeling frustrated he eventually quit.
OK, THEN WHAT HAPPENED?
Well France handed in his draft, but writer Michael Tolkin was brought in to rewrite the script AGAIN as more changes were required and then David Hayter was brought in following this. Hayter's draft featured three of Hulk's biggest villains as the 'big bads' of the film - the Leader, the Absorbing Man and Zzzax - who were all linked to Bruce Banner's original transformation into the Hulk.