The 2011 so-called comedy version from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg was, despite Michel Gondry directing, an irritating mess, but I still have fond memories of when I was a kid and on Saturday mornings would watch Green Hornet TV series from the 1960’s with a certain Bruce Lee in the role of Britt Reid/The GreenHornet’s partner Kato. In any case, Paramount Pictures is planning to try again with the character who, though often seen as a Batman imitation, actually first appeared as a radio serial three years before the Bat hit the airwaves. Gavin O’ Connor, the director of Warrior and this year’s The Accountant, is going to direct Sean O’ Keefe’s screenplay. Speaking with Deadline, O’Connor said:
“My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration. I want to re-mythologize The Green Hornet in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart. The comic book movie is the genre of our time. How do we look at it differently? How do we create a distinctive film experience that tells itself differently than other comic book movies? How do we land comfortably at the divide between art and industry? How do we go deeper, prompt more emotion? How do we put a beating heart into the character that was never done before? These are my concerns…these are my desires, my intentions, my fears, my goals.”
O’Connor describes his take on the character as “Batman upside down meets Bourne inside out by way of Chris Kyle,” adding that Britt is “the anti-Bruce Wayne” who’s struggling with uncovering [and accepting] the truth of his father. Britt’s background is also now a military one.
O’ Connor is a good director, though so is Michel Gondry and look what happened with his version. Anyway, it’s nice to see that Marvel and DC aren’t having the playing field entirely to themselves anymore.