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September 22, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 22, 2008 |

So the rumors, confirmed and unconfirmed, that have been swirling around for a while now are true: Seth Rogen will be The Green Hornet. But for those who worry that the Green Hornet dresses similarly to the Green Lantern (i.e., in green tights), never fear: Apparently, the Green Hornet just wears a suit and a Lone-Ranger type mask. He’s a newspaperman by day and a vigilante crime-fighter by night. (For the sake of timeliness, since the movie isn’t released until 2010, I hope he’s a blogger instead of a newspaper publisher, since print media may very well be dead by then).

Anyway, The Green Hornet now also has a director. The script — from Seth Rogen and his usual writing partner, Evan Goldberg — will be directed by Stephen Chow (star and director of Kung Fu Hustle). Chow will also play Kato, Green Hornet’s sidekick, who was played by Bruce Lee in the short-lived 1960’s television series.

As Rogen said of the decision, “Stephen was always my and Evan’s first choice for director and to play Kato. We just hope that he never finds out we’re not the Wachowski Brothers.” Presumably, if he did, Chow would run screaming from the neon strobes that the Wachowskis always carry on their person.

Personally, I’m still not sold on Rogen as a crime-fighting vigilante. But then again, I may have reached my tipping point with Rogen. I watched Knocked Up again over the weekend, and I really had difficult time getting over the notion that Rainbow Killer would choose, under any circumstances, to be with him, something that didn’t bother me the first two times I saw it. It’s not that he’s unattractive, so much as the fact that he refuses to grow the fuck up. Anyway, I’m afraid that Knocked Up’s life span is fleeting, and I fear the same for Rogen, though I’m still super excited about Zack and Miri.

Also, Stephen Chow is a comedy God.

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Industry | September 22, 2008 |

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