Write this down: The Green Hornet is officially one of the most anticipated films of 2010. Sure, there will be Iron Man 2 and plenty of other cool tentpoles, but none of them will have the magical touch of Stephen Chow. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the director of Kung Fu Hustle and one of my favorite films of 2008, CJ7, has signed on to team up with writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad) to bring The Green Hornet to life.
Chow will serve both as director of the film, as well as star alongside Rogen as the Green Hornet’s faithful sidekick Kato, a role originally played by the legendary Bruce Lee in George Trendle’s original Green Hornet series in the 1960s. On the selection of Chow, Seth Rogen had this to say: “Stephen was always my and Evan’s first choice for director and to play Kato. We just hope that he never finds out we’re not the Wachowski Brothers.”
From where I am sitting, things could not be going any better for this production. Stephen Chow may just be the perfect x-factor for Rogen and Goldberg, who have now collaborated on both Superbad and Pineapple Express. Chow’s filmography is even more impressive, with Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, CJ7 and the currently in production Kung Fu Hustle 2 under his belt, he has become one of the premiere action-comedy directors in the world. His sometimes cartoony, silly style of action could make for a very interesting, very fun version of The Green Hornet. Needless to say, I am even more excited about this project now that I know that it is in the hands of Stephen Chow.
What do you think of Stephen Chow as the director of The Green Hornet?