The Green Hornet Starring and Written by Seth Rogen?!
Although it's quite a ways out, aiming for a 2009 release, a feature film adaptation of the superhero radio show The Green Hornet is in the works. However, the latest news is that Seth Rogen, the comedic great who stars in Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin, is not only going to write but will also star in the film. The rights have been chased down by producer Neal H. Moritz, who is a big fan of the television series that premiered in the 1960's.
In the film, Rogen would play Brit Reid, millionaire publisher-turned-masked crime fighter. The Green Hornet started as a radio serial in the 1930's before being turned into a comic book, film and TV series by the 1960s. The TV show was notable for the presence of Bruce Lee as sidekick Kato, a kung fu expert with a killer car. The character was created by Fran Striker and George Trendle, who also created The Lone Ranger, another radio character that's getting an film adaptation, too.
Although I recognize the name, I can't say I know much more or have ever looked into this superhero. Has anyone else out there been interested in The Green Hornet?
Peter Sciretta over at SlashFilm speculates that a Green Hornet adaptation has taken so long to get off the ground because "contemporary audiences aren’t interested in this old character." However in today's world where comic book movies are being made quicker than chic flicks, this time it'll hopefully get the green light and finally happen. Might this turn out good, with a bit of a comedic twist thanks to Rogen's involvement? Who knows, only time, and lots of it, will truly tell.