There was a rumour that started all the way back in July of last year stating that Stephen Chow was Seth Rogen’s first choice to star as Kato in his big screen adaptation of The Green Hornet. It seemed like a pipe dream, but now a year later, we have confirmation that Chow has indeed signed on — not only to star, but also to direct! I am guessing this is going to change a lot of people’s minds about the project (as well it should), although it does also reinforce the fact that they are going for more of a comedic angle.
Chow had this to say:
“I’m excited to be taking on ‘The Green Hornet’ — obviously, I’ve been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid. The idea of stepping into Bruce Lee’s shoes as Kato is both humbling and thrilling, and to get the chance to direct the project as my American movie debut is simply a dream come true. I’m grateful to my friends at Sony, who have shown so much faith in me for so many years. I’m looking forward to working with Seth, Evan, Neal, and the team at Sony, and I’m eager to get started.”
The movie also now has an official release date set for June 25, 2010. The screenplay is still being written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), and Rogen is expected to play Brit Reid (aka The Green Hornet himself). What do you think, is this movie heading in the right direction?