Paramount Plots ‘Edgy’ New ‘Green Hornet’ Movie With ‘The Accountant’ Director
You’d be forgiven for already forgetting (or intentionally erasing from your memory) the Green Hornet movie from 2011 — it’s hard to blame director Michel Gondry and star / screenwriter Seth Rogen for the underwhelming revival of the classic hero, as neither were well-equipped to handle the pressures of making a big-budget studio film at the time. But it looks like The Green Hornet is getting another chance, this time with director Gavin O’Connor and words like “edgy” and “badass” being tossed around.
Deadline reports that Paramount has acquired the rights to The Green Hornet, setting O’Connor to helm the new movie based on the classic ’60s television series. The original show starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee, and centered on Britt Reid, a playboy and media mogul who fights crime as the eponymous hero with the help of his martial-artist partner Kato.
Paramount hopes to launch a new Green Hornet franchise with an “overhaul” of the protagonist, making him a more “edgy” and modern character — a complete 180 from the classic series’ campy tone. O’Connor, whose credits include Warrior and The Accountant, seems quite passionate about the hero, and had this to say about his vision for the new film:
…I’m beyond excited to bring The Green Hornet into the 21st century in a meaningful and relevant way; modernizing it and making it accessible to a whole new generation. My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration. I want to re-mythologize The Green Hornet in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character…
Sony backed the 2011 film, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen as Reid and Jay Chou as Kato. Though moderately successful at the box office, The Green Hornet was kind of a mess due to various factors, including the hiring of a visionary director who worked better independently, a pair of screenwriters (Rogen and Evan Goldberg) who had no experience working on big-budget studio blockbusters, and the weird and costly choice of post-converting to 3D. As Rogen described it in a 2013 interview with Marc Maron for his WTF podcast, the whole thing “was a f—ing nightmare.”