The Green Hornet vs. Thor in June 2010

Seth RogenEntertainment Weekly has confirmed that Sony is moving forward with Seth Rogen‘s The Green Hornet. Rogen is cureently working on the script with his Superbad co-writer Evan Goldberg. The story follows Britt Reid, a bored playboy who spends his nights fighting crime with his sidekick, Kato (Rogen has said that he wants Stephen Chow for the role). No further details are known at this time. No director has been hired. But we now have a release date: June 25, 2010 – three weeks after Marvel’s Thor, and one week following Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

The crime-fighting character was created by Fran Striker and George Trendle, who also created The Lone Ranger, for a radio serial that launched in 1936. The series has had several incarnations, including film series, a live-action 1960′s television show, and comic books.

The Green HornetMovie studios have been trying to turn The Green Hornet into a feature film for years now. In the 1990s, George Clooney and Jason Scott Lee were supposedly lined up to play the leads. In the late 90s, Music video director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind) worked with RoboCop screenwriter Edward Neumeier on a possible adaptation. In the Summer of 2004, Miramax purchased the rights for a writing/directing vehicle for Clerks director Kevin Smith. Smith later decided that he didn’t want to be responsible for an effects and action laden movie, and the film went into turnaround. And now, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift producer Neal H. Moritz obtained the film rights and optioned them to Sony.

I believe, one of the many reasons a feature film adaptation has never gotten off the ground is that contemporary audiences aren’t interested in this old character. He’s not much of a recognized name outside of the superhero world. In a previous article I theorized that “this could possibly be a good thing, allowing the screenwriters to have more wiggle room (usually comic book cannon prevents writers from straying far from the character’s roots). But on the other hand, look how that turned out for Catwoman.” It seems like Rogen’s take might involve a more comic tone than previous efforts.

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Stephen Chow to Ruin The Karate Kid?!

Stephen Chow in The Karate Kid Remake

Why can’t they leave the movies from my childhood alone? Months ago it was rumored that Will Smith’s nine-year-old son Jaden was in talks to star in a modern day remake of The Karate Kid. The rumors were quickly denied by a spokesman for Smith. However it was confirmed that Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is developing a new Karate Kid film.

Moviehole now reveals that Kung Fu Hustle‘s Stephen Chow is now in talks to direct and star. Please god, say it isn’t so! Chow would play the Mr. Myiagi role in the new film if he does sign on.

“I’m very fond of ‘The Karate Kid’ and would love to join in the remake project, no matter as a producer, director or actor”, says Chow. “But it depends on my schedule. As you know, next year I will work on two movies, ‘Dragon Ball’ and ‘Journey to the West.’”

Lets hope that Chow’s schedule fills up quick. And don’t worry, it gets even worse. Will Smith apparently wants to shoot the film in China. Please, someone, anyone, stop him.

Stephen Chow

Yesterday we reported that Knocked Up star Seth Rogen was in talks to write and star in a big screen adaptation of The Green Hornet. We marveled at how spectacular this bad idea was. And that is coming from a guy who has followed Rogen’s career since Freaks & Geeks. We didn’t think this idea could possibly get worse, but it unfortunately has. According to the LA Times, Rogen wants Kung Fu Hustle director and actor Stephen Chow to play the Green Hornet’s masked and martial arts-enabled sidekick Kato in the comedic comic book film.

This seems like the worst idea since Jack Black was in talks to play a comic Green Lantern (sam situation, great comic star, bad choice). Rogen, please – Don’t do it! I’m sure Judd Apatow has a better idea for you. Frankly, Apatow could probably think up a better idea while taking a shit. You have his cell phone number. You know what to do.

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