Stephen Chow to Direct and Co-Star in Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet

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?

  • Yih

    For a moment, I was getting sick of everything Seth Rogen. I’m getting Rogen-ed out the same way that I was Will Farrell-ed out, but with this news — I will be there opening night.

  • Nothing I ever say comes true. I always suggest directors that would make movies awesome or actors that can embody a role, but not since Patrick Stewart was cast as Professor X has this come true.

    Today the Movie Gods are smiling down on me.

    Thank you movie gods.

  • Matt

    Good call Mike.

  • This is the most EXCELLENT DIRECTOR NEWS I’ve heard of in quite some time. On a number of interviews I heard Rogen (somewhat disappointedly) say they were “still looking for a director”. I’d just think “yeah, no one is going to be crazy enough to want to take on such a crazy project and be able to make it good in the process”. I was wrong. I guess Stephen Chow never crossed my mind because I thought he’d only work in Hong Kong. He’s fucking PERFECT for this (and Rogen should be happy that he got a director that will break the mold of the Apatow gang). Can’t wait for an english-language Chow film (and hopefully his don’t suck like John Woo’s).

    “Today the Movie Gods are smiling down on me.”

    Actually they are smiling upon each and everyone of us. Don’t forget to pray.

  • So what did everyone think of Stephen Chow’s last film, CJ7? My whimsical review of CJ7 for Film Junk didn’t generate many comments. I assumed most people weren’t familiar with Stephen Chow.

    I wonder if Kato will be getting much dialog.

    I wonder if Stephen Chow and Seth Rogen can make each other laugh.

  • joe

    Sounds like it could be a great match.

  • joe

    ps Reed I read your review, but skipped CJ7. Although I loved Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7 just didn’t interest me personally.

  • In the DVD of Kung Fu Hustle Chow’s english is bad…like really bad. Of course it’ll likely be better by then. Look at Jackie Chan from Supercop to Rush Hour. One thing’s for sure, this will be better than Rush Hour.

  • I give neither a “shit” nor a “fuck” about whether they do the original series/comic books justice, as I never watched it. I only care about how this movie is going to turn out, and from this announcement it sounds awesome.

    I love Stephen Chow and have been waiting for him to make his big break in Hollywood. God of Cookery, Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle are all awesome. I even watched a movie he did called Shaolin Idiot that was surprisingly not that bad (judging from the cover).

    I haven’t seen CJ7, but I know I should. One thing about Stephen Chow’s movies–I think they are better with bad English dialogue! I can’t watch the American release of Shaolin Soccer because the original one has crazily translated subtitles that don’t make sense in a lot of places. It just seems to fit the style of his movies.