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New "Badass" Green Hornet movie on the way, sans Seth Rogen

11.15.2016

Seth Rogen's GREEN HORNET is a weird one for me. I can't say I hate it, but it was still disappointing to see that Rogen didn't step out of his wheelhouse as much as I had hoped, since it was still ostensibly a comedy (even if it had some dark moments like people getting cut up by a buzz saw).

While the film did well, it wasn't enough to create a franchise. The rights have since lapsed to Paramount, who recently tapped director Gavin O'Connor (THE ACCOUNTANT) to take the reins of new GREEN HORNET reboot. Here's what O'Connor had to say about the project:

I’ve been wanting to make this movie — and create this franchise — since I’ve wanted to make movies...[a]s a kid, when most of my friends were into Superman and Batman, there was only one superhero who held my interest — The Green Hornet. I always thought he was the baddest badass because he had no superpowers. The Green Hornet was a human superhero. And he didn’t wear a clown costume. And he was a criminal — in the eyes of the law — and in the eyes of the criminal world. So all this felt real to me. Imagine climbing to the top of the Himalayas, or Mount Everest, or K2 over and over again and no one ever knew? You can never tell anybody. That’s the life of Britt and Kato. What they do, they can never say. They don’t take credit for anything.

At least the dude's passionate. A mandate also seems to make the character a cool and "badass", rather than campy like the '60s show or Rogen's 2011 vehicle:

My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration...When we meet Britt Reid he’s lost faith in the system. Lost faith in service. In institutions. If that’s the way the world works, that’s what the world’s going to get...Britt made money doing bad things, but moving forward he’s making no money doing good things. He must realize his destiny as a protector and force of justice.

The studio apparently really wants more franchises (especially since the new TMNT reboot seems to be a dud). And, honestly, I think you could easily make a really awesome and gritty GREEN HORNET film if you wanted to. However, my main concern is O'Connor doesn't seem to make a lot of references to Kato, who honestly was one the best parts of the Seth Rogen film. Let's hope he's not just an after-thought in this new one.

So what do you guys think? Does GREEN HORNET deserve a second chance? Sound off below!

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Extra Tidbit: The '60s GREEN HORNET series was Bruce Lee's first introduction to American audiences as Kato.
Source: Deadline

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2:00PM on 11/17/2016

GH deserves a first chance

The Green Hornet movie was one of the worst films I've ever seen. I remember watching it cringing at how awful the whole complete mess was. The character is great though, and is being done really well in the Dynamite Comics. Something close to that, done properly, would hopefully wipe away the terrible memories of the first movie.
The Green Hornet movie was one of the worst films I've ever seen. I remember watching it cringing at how awful the whole complete mess was. The character is great though, and is being done really well in the Dynamite Comics. Something close to that, done properly, would hopefully wipe away the terrible memories of the first movie.
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12:16PM on 11/16/2016

I don't give a shit what anyone says...

I loved Rogan's Green Hornet and I wouldn't mind a sequel;
I loved Rogan's Green Hornet and I wouldn't mind a sequel;
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10:50PM on 11/15/2016

Rogen's Green Hornet Was A Travesty

I'm looking forward to a serious and gritty take on the Green Hornet if it's based on the original radio and movie serial, with a dash of the Van Williams and Bruce Lee TV series to modernize it. I remember seeing the TV show when it first hit the airwaves and have wanted a good bigscreen adaptation for decades.
I'm looking forward to a serious and gritty take on the Green Hornet if it's based on the original radio and movie serial, with a dash of the Van Williams and Bruce Lee TV series to modernize it. I remember seeing the TV show when it first hit the airwaves and have wanted a good bigscreen adaptation for decades.
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10:55PM on 11/15/2016
Ever since I was a teenager and first really got into movies the two adaptation I've wanted more than anything were a proper Green Hornet and a proper Dune.
Ever since I was a teenager and first really got into movies the two adaptation I've wanted more than anything were a proper Green Hornet and a proper Dune.
6:02AM on 11/16/2016
Dune - best series of books. Sorry LOTR.
Dune - best series of books. Sorry LOTR.
11:46AM on 11/16/2016
@j-man, I actually think the original novel has its fair share of faults, and the sequels have even more, but there's enough in them that works (and really works) that they could make an absolutely stellar movie. In fact it could easily be developed into a film that tops the already good source material (i.e. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner).
@j-man, I actually think the original novel has its fair share of faults, and the sequels have even more, but there's enough in them that works (and really works) that they could make an absolutely stellar movie. In fact it could easily be developed into a film that tops the already good source material (i.e. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner).
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9:13PM on 11/15/2016
The old show wasn't campy. Yes the batman episode with green hornet was campy but not his regular show.
Also the Seth rogan movie was crap. Green hornet was smart and could fight along side kato. In the Seth movie he did nothing and was clumsy.
It's like starsky and hutch the movie versus the show.
The old show wasn't campy. Yes the batman episode with green hornet was campy but not his regular show.
Also the Seth rogan movie was crap. Green hornet was smart and could fight along side kato. In the Seth movie he did nothing and was clumsy.
It's like starsky and hutch the movie versus the show.
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7:54PM on 11/15/2016

Now this is cool

Green Hornet is a pretty obscure character these days, but you read the original comics (or listen to the radio show they were based on) or read the 90's reboot and he was just as hardcore as Golden Age Batman, and had a lot more emotional complexity than your run-of-the-mill superhero (he also predated Batman by over 3 years). Back when The Dark Knight was a massive hit and every studio was trying to copy it, it really baffled me that nobody did a Dark Knight-esque Green Hornet or Daredevil,
Green Hornet is a pretty obscure character these days, but you read the original comics (or listen to the radio show they were based on) or read the 90's reboot and he was just as hardcore as Golden Age Batman, and had a lot more emotional complexity than your run-of-the-mill superhero (he also predated Batman by over 3 years). Back when The Dark Knight was a massive hit and every studio was trying to copy it, it really baffled me that nobody did a Dark Knight-esque Green Hornet or Daredevil, since they seemed like the two most natural fits for that sort of approach. I'm also glad to hear that O'Connor grew up with the character and has some emotional investment in the material.
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7:29PM on 11/15/2016
I really liked Rogen's Hornet, wouldn't mind a sequel. But I get it didn't light the box office on fire. How about a Netflix or Amazon series?
I really liked Rogen's Hornet, wouldn't mind a sequel. But I get it didn't light the box office on fire. How about a Netflix or Amazon series?
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6:35PM on 11/15/2016
As great as a badass Green Hornet sounds, Seth Rogen's Green Hornet has its merit. It's goofy and fun and everybody was awesome in it, especially Jay Chou as Kato.
As great as a badass Green Hornet sounds, Seth Rogen's Green Hornet has its merit. It's goofy and fun and everybody was awesome in it, especially Jay Chou as Kato.
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4:20AM on 11/16/2016
Totally agreed.
Christoph Waltz over the top acting and Michel Gondry's directing french-touch gave that movie a very fun cocktail, would have been so boring directed by an average Hollywood yes-man.
Totally agreed.
Christoph Waltz over the top acting and Michel Gondry's directing french-touch gave that movie a very fun cocktail, would have been so boring directed by an average Hollywood yes-man.
10:01AM on 11/16/2016
It was a very outside-the-box thinking for a Superhero movie and it surprisingly works.
It was a very outside-the-box thinking for a Superhero movie and it surprisingly works.
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5:54PM on 11/15/2016
Call me crazy I loved Seth 's green hornet
Call me crazy I loved Seth 's green hornet
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5:48PM on 11/15/2016
I liked the Rogan take and wish he had a shot at a sequel.
I liked the Rogan take and wish he had a shot at a sequel.
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