Seth Rogen Confirms He's Writing The Green Hornet
Back in July we posted a rather interesting rumor that Knocked Up star Seth Rogen might possibly write and star in a feature adaptation of the superhero radio show the Green Hornet. Since then everything has been rather quiet, but the folks at MTV caught up with Seth recently and not only confirmed his participation in the project but got some details out of him. Apparently Seth is actually buffing up and sliming down for the role, but as for whether it will remain comedic or not, Rogen doesn't know, because they haven't written the script yet given the writers are striking. But that's not all he had to say!
As a reminder, The Green Hornet originally started as a radio serial in the 1930's before being turned into a comic book, film and TV series by the 1960s. When the news first came about Rogen's involvement, the fans apparently took up arms, but Rogen still enjoyed the reaction.
"[The fan reaction] was a little surprising. I love the idea! I think it's going to be a unique and interesting movie," the jocular always-self-deprecating Rogen announced, before adding with a laugh, "but nerds love complaining."
That they most definitely do! The speculation from the beginning was that Rogen's involvement, as well as his co-writer Evan Goldberg's (Superbad, "Da Ali G Show"), would mean that the Green Hornet might turn out being a bit comedic, if not a lot comedic. However, Rogen does say that might not fully be the case, but they just don't know because a script isn't written. However, two quotes from Rogen shed a little more light onto the matter.
"There's a more comedic version and a less comedic version, and we don't know what will feel right until we're actually writing it," he revealed to MTV News. "We were about to start writing the script, and then the [writers'] strike hit." Rogen adds that, "It's really hard to wrap our head around what the movie will be until we've written the script."
However, Rogen and Goldberg do have a pitch together that the studios apparently like.
"Just a few weeks ago, we laid out our outline for the movie to the studio, and before the phone call, Evan and I were like, 'This is not like any superhero movie - they might just hate that,' " Rogen recalled. " 'It's not using any of the normal superhero movie formats. It's not an origin story. It's more like a regular action movie.' [But] they really liked it and told us to go for it."
Rogen also goes on to say that they don't have a director just yet, but that they want "someone who will make it better than we could have made it," speaking about him or Goldberg. I'd second that! You know what, I'm definitely looking forward to this. Although lots of people are afraid of what Rogen "will do to it," I'm thinking the fresh take he'll bring might turn out pretty awesome. At least that's what I'm hoping for… Until the writers strike ends and Rogen and Goldberg actually write the script, we'll just have to keep speculating and discussing.