If you’re a Green Hornet fan and you thought Seth Rogen’s comedic take on the character was a bit of a missed opportunity if not a complete insult, well, you’re in luck… it looks like the character will be heading back to the big screen with a much more serious, reverential tone. Sony allowed the rights to lapse and now director Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) is teaming up with Paramount Pictures and producer Peter Chernin to reboot the property. O’Connor is apparently a huge fan of the character and has been watching the rights change hands at various studios for many years, waiting for the right opportunity to strike. That time is now and he seems pretty thrilled to be finally giving The Green Hornet and Kato their proper due. Here’s what he had to say about the announcement:
“With the rights now in our loving hands, 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, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart. The comic book movie is the genre of our time. How do we look at it differently? How do we create a distinctive film experience that tells itself differently than other comic book movies? How do we land comfortably at the divide between art and industry? How do we go deeper, prompt more emotion? How do we put a beating heart into the character that was never done before? These are my concerns… these are my desires, my intentions, my fears, my goals.”
He goes on to compare The Green Hornet to “Batman upside down meets Bourne inside out by way of Chris Kyle [American Sniper].” The script will be written by Sean O’Keefe who has written quite a few movies but has yet to see any of them actually get made (his spec script The Paper Man made the The Black List back in 2012). As much as I enjoyed the Michel Gondry / Seth Rogen movie, I realize that I seem to be in the minority. I certainly think there is room for a less cartoony take on the character and I look forward to seeing what comes of this. Are you excited about the possibility of a darker Green Hornet movie?