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February 25, 2009 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | February 25, 2009 |

The big-screen version of The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and written by Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) has been in the works for a while now, but it was stuck on the edge between development hell and termination after director Stephen Chow stepped down from the role over what were euphemistically referred to as creative differences. Chow’s an acquired taste, to be sure, whose credits include Kung Fu Hustle, but the real surprise is where Columbia went for a replacement: The equally stylized but completely different Michel Gondry, best known for blowing your mind a little with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and, to a lesser degree, Be Kind Rewind, as well as music videos for The White Stripes and Foo Fighters.

Yes, though Chow is still set to co-star as Kato to Rogen’s Hornet, Gondry will be the one directing the film, currently scheduled for a 2010 release. Gondry is the most art-house choice for directing a superhero flick since Ang Lee’s brutally unwatchable Hulk was inflicted on viewers in 2003, but his skill could make for a more visually compelling film than Chow’s would have been; more surreal action than bad martial arts parody. Plus, let’s not forget the whole idea of Rogen as an unironic superhero is pretty surreal to begin with. If we’re lucky, we could get a summer tentpole that looks like this, or this, or this:

Maybe the Green Hornet Will Be Made of Legos?

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Industry | February 25, 2009 |

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