Seth Rogen on Green Hornet: It's Not Canceled, Don't Worry!
For some of you, that's sad to hear. For others, it could be good news. At this point I honestly don't know what to expect with The Green Hornet. Michel Gondry is directing, Seth Rogen is starring, Evan Goldberg and Rogen wrote the script. They used to have Stephen Chow as Kato, but now he's gone. Is it a comedy, is it action, is a mix of both, will it be any good? Who really knows?! Rogen has been talking to press recently for Funny People and a few updates have popped up that are worth pointing out. One comes from HitFix, the other from Ain't It Cool News. Don't worry, Green Hornet is still alive and well, at least for the time being.
"We're building sets," Rogen says. "There's more people working on the film every day! They traditionally don't spend millions and millions of dollars on movies that are dead." For some reason, people seem to be so infuriated by this entire project, they're stopping at nothing to try and kill it, including sending fake emails to websites claiming they have inside news that it's dead (this happened in January, too). But apparently it's moving along quite swiftly, with sets being built and everything. Of course, at Sony, that means nothing, as studio head Amy Pascal shut down Moneyball just three days before it was supposed to start shooting.
"It's really hard to make a big movie. It's exponentially more difficult to make a $100 million movie than it is to make a $20 million movie, especially in this economy," Rogen explains. "I think just for us to make a movie that we feel confident in and for [Sony] to have a movie that they feel confident in, that's taking a long time." In regards to the loss of Stephen Chow as Kato, Rogen has accepted it and moved on. "In my head, we lost Stephen Chow in April, so it's something I've had a lot of time to wrap my head around." They're currently meeting with "many, many people from all over the globe" to find a replacement Kato.
Lastly, Rogen talks with AICN about Michel Gondry and how he might still apply his quirky style to it. "We're encouraging him to make it as visually exciting and inventive as anything anyone has ever seen. We're fans of these types of movies when they're done well. We think that we can handle the story and the script and the dialogue, but we know nothing about cameras and lights and fancy ways of making things look amazing. And that's what he's better at than anyone in the world pretty much. So we're encouraging him to really go for it." The more I hear about Gondry's involvement on this, the more excited I get for it.
So with that, well, stay tuned. Apparently there might be something Green Hornet related at Comic-Con. HitFix thinks it might be Gondry's updated version of the Black Beauty, the Chrysler Imperial from the original Green Hornet show (this sucker right here). Maybe we'll snap a few photos on Wednesday night?