Wow. Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet movie just went from being down in the dumps to being on top of the world, as far as I’m concerned. After Stephen Chow dropped out as the director a few months back, it was rumoured that the project was in serious trouble over at Sony, and that it might even end up getting shelved. However, there’s been a pretty major turnaround this week, because they’re on the verge of signing director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) to take over the project!
Now apparently Gondry was close to directing The Green Hornet back in the ’90s, with Robocop writer Edward Neumeier penning the script, if you can believe it. Initially it seemed like the rumours of Gondry’s involvement in this new version might have just been based on that old story, but now both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed that he is indeed close to signing on the dotted line. While some might lament the fact that Gondry is truly stepping out of the art house and into the mainstream here, I simply can’t wait to see what he will bring to this project. We’ve known all along that this wasn’t going to be a typical superhero flick, but hopefully this is yet another indication that they intend to push it far beyond the norm. What do you think of Michel Gondry directing The Green Hornet?