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Last week we reported that Stephen Chow, the director of martial arts oriented favorites such as Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, dropped his directing duty on the upcoming Seth Rogan vehicle, The Green Hornet. Why you ask? "Creative differences". Now we have word from the Associated Press (via the International Herald Tribune so be sure you have a grain of salt with you) that Mr. Chow may also be quitting his role as Hornet's sidekick, Kato. A role made famous by martial arts immortal, Bruce Lee. »
In a couple days, many of you will be receiving gifts. Now how would you feel if someone gave you a gift and then a few months later, decided to take that gift back. It would suck but, hey! You still have another gift from that person, so it's okay. He comes back a few days later and says he's gonna need that gift back too. That guy taking back the gifts in this belabored holiday metaphor is Stephen Chow and he is ruining my Christmas and that's saying something considering that I'm Jewish. Last week, we ran a story about how Stephen Chow was no longer on board to direct "The Green Hornet". Crappy news but the bright side was that he would still be playing the Hornet's sidekick, Kato, a role originally played by the great Bruce Lee. Today we learn that may not even be on the table. »
Stephen Chow gave new life to The Green Hornet film when he signed on in September to both direct the feature adaptation and star opposite Seth Rogan as Kato. Chow will remain as the martial arts sidekick but will no longer direct according to Variety. The usual “creative differences” was cited with producer Neal Moritz assuring all that a new helmer will be signed quickly so shooting can still being in Spring.
Chow was working with a script written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg and the screenplay is said to remain but go through a polish whenever a new director is chosen.
Rogen will play Britt Reid, newspaper heir and secret crime fighter, as conceived by Fran Stryker in the 1930s. Most people today know the character from the one-season ABC series from the 1960s which propelled Bruce Lee to stardom.
Pairing the comedic Rogen with Chow (Kung Fu Hustle »
- Robert Greenberger
And yet another change at the helm for Columbia Pictures' upcoming '60s retread of The Green Hornet. Stephen Chow, the man behind cult classics Kung-Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, has stepped away from the director's chair over what Variety is calling "creative differences". He'll still be playing Hornet's sidekick Kato, the role made famous by the immortal Bruce Lee. No word on who will be picking up the reigns.
It always seemed a bit odd that Stephen Chow would associate himself with a Seth Rogan/Evan Goldberg written feature. Sure, Chow can do a little comedy but pairing up with the guys that brought you Superbad and Pineapple Express seemed a little strange. Now we have an inkling why.
Did you do a spit-take over the news that Seth Rogen was going to write himself a starring role in The Green Hornet, but then kinda rebounded when Stephen Chow became involved? If so, you might not like this bit of news.
Variety reports the film has lost Chow (of arse-kicking Kung-Fu Hustle fame) as director. Why? The dreaded creative differences. I was both puzzled and not very thrilled with the choice of Rogen, but have pretty much lost all hope if Chow isn't happy with the way things are going. There is the possibility that Chow is the one with the off-kilter vision, or that he just wanted to execute it all in a wacky way, but we're talking about Seth Rogen in a role once said to be filled by George Clooney. It just doesn't make sense.
Oh, but there's more ... Chow will still stay on the cast »
- Monika Bartyzel
He had signed on in September to direct and star as Kato, the role originated in the TV series by Bruce Lee. Although, Variety says that he's not leaving the project altogether, and will still portray the side-kicking side-kick.
Earlier comments from star Seth Rogen made it sound as though Chow was close to convincing him into making the picture more comedic -- something that comic book movie fans feared. Whether or not this was the catalyst behind his losing the helm, the article does not say.
Written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the studio is now "hustling" to find a new director to keep on schedule -- planning to begin production in spring 2009.
Link | Posted 12/19/2008 by reelz
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News from Seth Rogan's The Green Hornet has been sparse to say the least. The big screen adaptation of the '60s TV classic was big news when Kevin Smith's name was attached to direct in 2004 but news slowly faded when Stephen Chow (who will also be playing Kato, a role made famous by Bruce Lee) was announced as director.
Seth Rogan, who seems to have the movie momentum of a freight train lately, will be playing Britt Reid aka The Green Hornet and he'll be writing the 2010 movie alongside his life partner, Evan Goldberg. The duo have brought use the hella' funny Pineapple Express and the not so funny and extremely over-hyped, Superbad. Bringing that sort of humor (bong cough) could have mixed results with Hornet but audiences won't care much about that. All that counts is that there's a boob --am I right guys???? (high-five) »
Seth Rogen talked to Sci Fi Wire recently and said that the hopes to have footage available to show fans at the next Comic-Con next summer. “Comic-Con is my favorite event of the year, [...] It’s more fun to me than the movie premieres, than anything. I love Comic-Con. All of our friends come down for it, and we just have a really good time, and it’s always a lot of fun. I would love nothing more than to be able to show something at Comic-Con.” The Green Hornet is a masked vigilante created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker for an old-time radio show in the 1930s. Together [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
The IESB are reporting that WORLD TRADE CENTER actor Michael Pena has been added to the cast of the upcoming THE GREEN HORNET. The word is that Pena will join Seth Rogen in the film, which is being directed by Stephen Chow. Chow also appears in the film as Kato, the role made famous by the legendary Bruce Lee back in the 1960s.
Rogen is just about finishing up on the script for the film with writing partner Evan Goldberg, which has a summer 2010 release date.
No word on what role Pena will play in the film as yet, but we'll keep you posted. »
Stephen Chow will direct and star in The Green Hornet, Columbia Pictures has announced. The martial arts actor and filmmaker, whose previous credits include Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, will star opposite Seth Rogen in the superhero movie. Rogen, who also co-wrote the film with Evan Goldberg, will play newspaper publisher-turned-crimefighter Britt Reid, while Chow will portray his sidekick Kato, a role previously played by Bruce Lee in the '60s TV adaptation. Chow said: "I'm excited to be taking on The Green Hornet (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
"The idea of stepping into Bruce Lee's shoes as Kato is both humbling and thrilling, and to get the chance to direct the project as my American movie debut is simply a dream come true," Chow said to Variety. "I'm grateful to my friends at Sony, who have shown so much faith in me for so many years."
KUNG FU HUSTLE made over $100 million for the studio a couple of years back.
THE GREEN HORNET will hit cinemas on June 25, 2010. »
I am not excited about this news.
We’ve already known for a while that Seth Rogen will be playing the Green Hornet in the movie of the same name. A while back word surfaced that Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) had landed the role of Kato, the asian sidekick. Now comes word that Chow will be directing the film as well.
Let’s get something straight: I am a HUGE Stephen Chow fan - I loved both of the above mentioned movies and offer up proof via my 5 star review of Kung Fu Hustle. I also like Seth Rogen, although I don’t worship at the altar of his comedy as so many other movie news sites seem to do.
On the other hand, I have very fond memories of the old Green Hornet TV series. It was on around the same time period as the old »
- Vic Holtreman
In a press release sent out today Columbia Pictures announced Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle) will direct and star in The Green Hornet. Chow will star as Kato, opposite Seth Rogen who co-wrote the film with Evan Goldberg. The film is set for release on June 25, 2010. Chow was quoted in the release saying, "I'm excited to be taking on The Green Hornet -- obviously, I've been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid. The idea of stepping into Bruce Lee's shoes as Kato is both humbling and thrilling, and to get the chance to direct the project as my American movie debut is simply a dream come true. I'm grateful to my friends at Sony, who have shown so much faith in me for so many years. I'm looking forward to working with Seth, Evan, Neal, and the team at Sony, and I'm eager to get started. »
- Brad Brevet
Feels like it is hard to believe that when you say a name like Green Hornet, the first actor to come to mind is Seth Rogen, but it looks as if that may just become a reality now. Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg have finally serenaded Hong Kong legend Stephen Chow enough in wanting him to don the eye-mask as Kato, Hornet's driver and not-so-side-kick, that it looks like Chow will also be taking the helm as director.
Stephen Chow is well known globally for his slapstick comedy style in such films like Shaolin Soccer, and Kung Fu Hustle (both also directed by Chow). Those who are familiar with his work know that Chow is a big fan of zany slapstick a-la classic Merry Melodies, and well as being a student of serious Kung Fu. When approached about the new role, Chow had this to say:
I'm excited to »
- Matt Raub
This is a dream come true for Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg! Stephen Chow, the Chinese director known for Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, will star in and direct The Green Hornet. For the longest time, Chow had been rumored to be Rogen's top choice for the character of Kato, the Green Hornet's sidekick. But now we learn that not only will he take on that role, but he's going to direct the film as well, which might just be the best news we've heard all month! I was already looking forward to seeing Rogen's take on the Green Hornet, but now I'm sure this is going to be something truly great. Bruce Lee previously played Kato on the classic TV show, but now it's time for Stephen Chow to step in. In a previous interview with ComingSoon, Rogen explained that his version of The Green Hornet »
- Alex Billington
19 September 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Chow is teaming up with Seth Rogen to bring the superhero to the big screen. Chow will not only star in the film as Kato but also make his American directorial debut.
Chow, known for his visual work in "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Shaolin Soccer," gives momentum to the project, which has a June 25, 2010, release date.
His boarding, announced by Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, also gives an inkling to the kind of movie Columbia is looking to make as Chow is known for his martial arts action-meets-Bugs Bunny style.
Rogen has slimmed down for his role as masked crimefighter Green Hornet, which started as a 1930s radio program and later on film and TV and in comic books. The masked Kato has traditionally been the Green Hornet's sidekick and driver who helps on the crimefighter's vigilante adventures.
- By Leslie Simmons and Borys Kit
For months now, there's been speculation that Asian superstar Stephen Chow would be taking up the mantle of Bruce Lee as Britt Reid's aka The Green Hornet's deadly sidekick Kato in the upcoming feature adaptation of the 1966 TV show. Truth be told, it was mostly Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who're writing and producing the film, saying how much they'd like Chow to play the role. Rogen is officially getting his wish because Sony/Columbia recently announced that not only will Chow be »
- Omar Aviles
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