Michel Gondry Talks Green Hornet, But Doesn't Say Much
Ever since we first reported that Michel Gondry was directing Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet, we haven't actually heard from Gondry himself. The only updates we've posted since then have been about Gondry, even though they've actually come from Rogen, in a funky game of telephone. So this is the first time anyone has spoken with Gondry since he got the job. Unfortunately, he doesn't have much to say, since it's still just coming together. "Seth and Evan, they are the writers, but they really listen to my ideas on the movie. I think the story is getting much better and better and I feel like I'm really a part of the process."
Gondry spoke separately to Ed Douglas at ComingSoon, Todd Gilchrist at SciFi Wire, and Mr. Beaks at Ain't It Cool News while out promoting his new DVD called Michel Gondry 2: More Videos, which you can buy on his official site. I've pulled the best quotes from each interview, although you're more than welcome to read them all. Getting back to Green Hornet, Gondry gave this answer when asked about how he would approach the project. "It would be safe to say there are going to be funny moments, but it's certainly not going to be a spoof of the genre. If we did that, we'd get killed by the Green Hornet fans. They already hate us."
It's great to see that even he's making jokes about the fans. The only other worthwhile quote comes from Gilchrist's interview, where Gondry was asked if he is using this as a chance to try something new.
"People like to say it's quirky, but I think it works by trying to be as human as possible, I'll try to portray a human quality I see in real life and I appreciate through the medium. That's my job, to not use the film to camouflage moments of a person's personality, but to reveal that personality, and I think this is a very clear and broad statement, maybe something to do with feeling good or this type of direction, so I don't see why this should not be easy for people to appreciate."
I'm not sure what to make of that, or any of his answers really, but I guess that's part of Gondry's brilliance. Despite the fact that it's a challenge to get a straight answer out of him, I'm still excited to see him take on The Green Hornet. Rogen said previously that Gondry won't be doing any of the low-budget cardboard stuff this time, which is a relief. However, more than anything I'm interested in seeing him not only take on this challenge, but bring something new to the table, and shake up the genre as we know it (that is, if Green Hornet can even be put in any one genre). Hopefully the story will make more sense than his answers.