When I first heard Seth Rogan was doing 'The Green Hornet' movie I wasn't sure about it, but then the more he talked about the more excited I got. When Stephen Chow entered the picture, I knew the film would be amazing, and I was pumped. After Chow left the production by excitement level dropped for the film, and it sounds like Sony's excitement level did as well. I am still looking forward to it though! I hope it happens! I mean, Seth Rogan has been working his ass off to get in shape for the film! Like many of potential Hollywood movies that get green-lit for production, this one may end up being one of the many that don't make it to the theaters.
This would be the third failed attempt for a 'Green Hornet' movie if it doesn't go through. Michel Gondry tried to get one off the ground in the 90's, and Kevin Smith tried to make it back in 2004. I thin this Seth Rogan version has the best chance of getting done and it will be a disappointing if it gets scrapped.
Drew McWeeny over at Hitfix got the inside scoop and said:
Ever since Stephen Chow started to waffle about his participation in the film, I've been hearing rumors that there were major hesitations at Sony. Then at Sundance, I heard several people say that the film was off completely. I spoke this afternoon with a source close to the film, and while they didn't call it completely dead, they did say it is "highly unlikely" that the film will shoot in 2009 at all.
That's a shame. I'm not going to pretend to have some lifelong passion for the character or the property... I doubt anyone my age is genuinely nostalgic about "The Green Hornet," since it's really a relic of an earlier age. The TV show was in the '60s, and the radio show predates that. But I am aware of the property, and Bruce Lee playing Kato means that there's some historic relevance that they can play off of. I liked the idea of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg revitalizing the material, and when they were talking about Chow as director and co-star, it seemed like a can't-miss proposition. Seth even trained for the movie, and if you've seen him in the last few months, you probably noticed how much leaner Seth was looking.
I hope this is all just rumor talk, because I want to see what Rogan and Goldberg have in store for us.