Kato Casting Call Kicks Chow To The Curb?

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It would appear from a freshly surfaced casting call that the role of Kato in Michel Gondry‘s Green Hornet movie is currently vacant. After it was announced that Seth Rogen was to write, produce and star in a Hornet flick a heady cocktail of skepticism and intrigue flooded the web. Then, it was announced that Stephen Chow was going to both direct and co-star in the picture and the general level of enthusiasm went through the roof. After that, a nosedive as Chow left the director’s seat and while it seemed likely he’d also pass up on the acting position, nothing was made official and Rogen even intimated that Chow was just as likely to be his Kato as ever. This remained the case even after Gondry was announced as director.

That all changes now, however.

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Some small superhero news today. First up is a weird bit of casting. According to EW, Cameron Diaz has been offered the female lead role in WB’s Green Hornet, where she’d be opposite Seth Rogen, working for director Michel Gondry. That’s a weird offer…maybe a couple years after The Mask it would have made sense, or even around the Charlie’s Angels era. But Diaz has fallen into the romcom zone, and it’s more difficult to see it working now. Nothing against Diaz; it just seems like a weird fit. But then, we know very very little about this film. Maybe Rogen, co-writer Evan Goldberg and Gondry have come up with something no one expects, where she makes more sense.

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Okay, I know Peter linked to one Michel Gondry interview in the recent Page 2, but there’s a lot of Gondry chat around the web today and, to my mind, much of it is really interesting. Principally, he’s been giving interviews to promote his new, self-published compilation DVD. Like the Director’s Label disc he did a few years back, to one is jammed full of music videos and behind-the-scenes business and, frankly, I’d recommend anyone and everyone to get over to his official site, fire up the PayPal and order a copy of the most essential DVD release so far this year.

Of course, everybody has also been asking about The Green Hornet, and getting lots of good stuff back. After the break I’ll compile the hot snippets from Coming Soon, Total Film, SciFi Wire, AICN and VH1.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley geek out about the new Terminator Salvation trailer, ponder the fate of the Green Hornet project under Gondry’s direction, and get pessimistic about a Total Recall remake. Dave also chats with Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons about his inspirations behind the original graphic novel. Special guest Russ Fischer joins us from CHUD.

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Here’s a mildly disorienting development – apparently, James Wan almost got the Green Hornet gig. The Saw director momentarily posted an update on his Facebook profile which was caught by the Eagle Eyes of Larry Carroll MTV’s Splash Page. It read: Damn you Michel Gondry *shaking fists* Oh well the better man won.

That’s right, he did. But it also seems that Wan is likely to work with Rogen in future. The writer-star said:

Well, we were just given the mandate to bring the studio directors we were fans of, and the discussion would begin from there. So yeah we definitely talked to him. I would definitely love to do something else.

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Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet May Not Happen After All

Things aren’t looking up for Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet project. According to Drew McWeeny over at Hitfix, the buzz at Sundance is that the movie is basically on life support over at Sony, and that there’s “a good chance the studio’s going to kick the plug out any moment now.” McWeeny reports:

[A]t Sundance, I heard several people say that the film was off completely. I spoke this afternoon with a source close to the film, and while they didn’t call it completely dead, they did say it is “highly unlikely” that the film will shoot in 2009 at all.

For me, following the development of this movie has been an emotional roller coaster. If you’ll recall, first there was raw excitement when we found out that action legend Stephen Chow would not only star as Kato in the film, he would be directing it too. Then a month ago, those hopes came crashing down when Chow was removed from the production due to creative differences. Despite these troubles, I think many of us were still assuming that the film would still actually happen. Now it’s looking less and less like a possibility, which is a shame. I’m not the biggest Seth Rogen fan, but his take on Hornet promised to at least be conceptually interesting.

Discuss: Assuming Drew’s sources are accurate, would you be sad to see this project die?

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Variety has an interesting article on the scheduling of the upcoming summer tentpoles for the next three years. The article claims that Sony Pictures will announce a Summer 2010 release date for the 23rd James Bond film. The next Bond film, tentatively titled Bond 22, will go into production later this year aiming for a November 7th 2008 release.

The article also says that Sony will nab a Summer 2009 release date for Green Hornet. And 2010 is starting to look a lot like this Summer: very crowded. Potentially Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Spider-Man 4, Shrek 4, and Harry Potter 7 could be just some of the big blockbuster movies filling the slate.

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