Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Last week it was announced that Stephen Chow would no longer be directing The Green Hornet, but that he was still attached to play the Hornet’s sidekick Kato. However, that might not actually be the case at all. Chow tells The Associated Press that he might not play Kato in the film due to possible schedule conflicts. Sounds to me like Chow is graciously trying to step down from the role and from the project as a whole. But then Chow gives this curious quote about how he might still direct The Green Hornet, but two years down the line:
“If I direct ‘The Green Hornet,’ the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years,” Chow said. “The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea.”
Chow says he would like to free some time up to work with Jack Black on a different superhero comedy, but no details about that project have been revealed. I have no knowledge of the behind the scenes shuffle going on, but I’m guessing that Stephen Chow’s more comedic version didn’t mesh well with Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg’s original take, and that the project might be is serious jeopardy of falling into development heck.
Why would Chow believe that he could still direct the project in two years if the trades reported that he stepped down from the director’s chair due to “creative differences”? It just doesn’t add up unless you consider the possibility that maybe Columbia Pictures might be more sold on Chow’s version of The Green Hornet over that of Rogen/Goldberg. Either way, it doesn’t look like a good sign for the project.