A Green Hornet Reboot Is Coming, Probably Without Seth Rogen

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 7:20PM
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 7:20PM
A Green Hornet Reboot Is Coming, Probably Without Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen put forth an admirable effort when he tried to make a modern action comedy blockbuster out of 1930s crimefighter The Green Hornet, but the 2011 movie was critically savaged. However, the movie actually wasn't an outright bomb financially, grossing $227 million off a $120 million budget. That must be why Paramount Pictures has decided to reboot the property once again.

The new version will be helmed by The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor, who - shocker - wants to take a grittier approach with his version. Here's what he told Deadline:
Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote

Sure sounds like O'Connor loves the property, as that quote almost sounds like wedding vows. And it turns out that he and the Green Hornet go way back, as he might be the only kid ever who considered the character to be his favorite superhero.
Opening quote
"I've been wanting to make this movie - and create this franchise - since I've wanted to make movies. As a kid, when most of my friends were into Superman and Batman, there was only one superhero who held my interest - The Green Hornet. I always thought he was the baddest badass because he had no superpowers. The Green Hornet was a human superhero. And he didn't wear a clown costume. And he was a criminal - in the eyes of the law - and in the eyes of the criminal world. So all this felt real to me. Imagine climbing to the top of the Himalayas, or Mount Everest, or K2 over and over again and no one ever knew? You can never tell anybody. That's the life of Britt and Kato. What they do, they can never say. They don't take credit for anything."
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Will a gritty, serious version of The Green Hornet really work? Only time will tell, but it certainly seems like Gavin O'Connor is the right man for the job.
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