The Green Hornet movie has been hanging around for a while, first as an unsuccessful attempt at a Kevin Smith action picture (before Smith admitted that having him direct an action picture was probably a ghastly idea), and then as a rumored vehicle for Seth Rogen, confirming that this is a movie that can only be attached to chubby funny men. Now, however, comes more promising news: Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow will both co-star as Kato, the Hornet’s kung fu sidekick, and direct the movie, which has been written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Whereas Rogen’s involvement in an action movie summoned only visions of the Zone Diet, Chow’s could be hellacool. Chow’s KUNG FU HUSTLE is one of our favorite movies of the decade, a marvelous souffle of music, action, fantasy and strong storytelling. His previous SHAOLIN SOCCER is another cult delight. His most recent flick, CJ7 got middling reviews, but we haven’t seen it yet, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
The role of Kato was previously played, in the TV series, by Bruce Lee, a fact not lost on Chow:
“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,” the Hong Kong native said.
Anyway, sometimes we wonder why all comic book movie sites write about GREEN HORNET, anyway. The character wears a mask, sure, but he originated as a radio serial. There have been lots of Green Hornet comics, but he’s not, strictly speaking, a “comic book character,” if you know what we mean. Anyway, we always wanted more reasons to write about Stephen Chow, so it’s all good.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.