Michel Gondry Directing Seth Rogen's Green Hornet!
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2009
When it was announced that Stephen Chow would no longer be directing The Green Hornet project that Seth Rogen had been developing, I was worried that we wouldn't see a better director eventually get the gig. But I was wrong. Michel Gondry, known as the wacky mind behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep, and Be Kind Rewind, has signed on to direct. While this is definitely not an expected choice, I'm certainly loving it. I was already excited for Green Hornet beforehand, and I'm a big Gondry fan separately, so combining those two was like seeing your two favorite actors finally work together.
This is the most mainstream project Gondry has ever taken on. Although Be Kind Rewind was made by New Line Cinema, it was still considered an independent and low-budget creation, and even Dave Chappelle's Block Party falls into the indie category as well. But as we all know, Sony has set this up as a big budget tentpole superhero film for release in the summer of 2010. I can imagine this means we won't be seeing Gondry's creative cardboard-style visual effects anymore. Although I'm very curious what this does mean for the project? What exactly is Gondry's vision for this that made both Sony and Seth Rogen so excited?