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Rogen is Green Hornet?

Jul. 19, 2007by: Omar Aviles

Seth Rogen Seth Rogen as a crime fighting superhero? If the LA Times is to be believed, you bet your ass. According to their sources, the undisputed king of this year's R-rated, reality-based foul yet heartwarming comedy has inked a deal to write and likely star in THE GREEN HORNET for Columbia. The film has been batted around different studios for some time now with Kevin Smith at one point attached to write and direct an adaptation but ultimately dropping the project when he realized action really wasn't his bag. If Rogen is indeed to star as masked crime fighter Brit Reid, it's clear they're going with a spoofy action comedy angle with the flick. Unless, of course, Rogen plans on turning himself into a ripped, muscle bound man-candy action star in the time leading up to the start of production. But that's about as likely as Lindsay Lohan living a quiet, drug and party-free life. If Rogen does pan out, production should get underway next year for a 2009 release.

Extra Tidbit: Jet Li has been rumored to be up for the role of Reid's martial arts master sidekick Kato. Rogen and Li together? That coupling may just rival Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in the bizarre, morbidly intriguing cinematic pairing department.
Source: LA Times

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3:31AM on 07/21/2007
Maybe he can be a villain? Then I'm up for it. I mean, its said he has a deal writing the thing.. does it say he will be THE star?
Maybe he can be a villain? Then I'm up for it. I mean, its said he has a deal writing the thing.. does it say he will be THE star?
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10:41PM on 07/20/2007

Even the Hollywood rumors are re-makes!

Anyone else have flashbacks to the Jack Black as Green Lantern casting rumor awhile back? A pudgy funnyman being cast as a superhero in a "comedic action" film. Even the hero's name, Green Lantern/Hornet.

That being said, if this does go forward, I'd love to see what Rogen can do with the material, now that he's become one of the demigods of [link] comedy.
Anyone else have flashbacks to the Jack Black as Green Lantern casting rumor awhile back? A pudgy funnyman being cast as a superhero in a "comedic action" film. Even the hero's name, Green Lantern/Hornet.

That being said, if this does go forward, I'd love to see what Rogen can do with the material, now that he's become one of the demigods of [link] comedy.
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10:02AM on 07/20/2007

Maybe

I think that it would be really cool if Seth Rogan surprised everyone by getting in really good shape for this film. We'll just have to wait and see?
I think that it would be really cool if Seth Rogan surprised everyone by getting in really good shape for this film. We'll just have to wait and see?
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3:52AM on 07/20/2007
Actually, Li is quoted saying he is retiring from the martial arts GENRE after FEARLESS because of the pain and so he can "make more philosophical family oriented movies". But films like WAR were probably filmed a year or two ago and are just now being released, as tends to happen in Hollywood. But I'm with you on the QT HERO/HOSTEL thing... I recently had a debate with a friend over that. Seems people can't see past the name in big letters above the top of the film.

That said... they're
Actually, Li is quoted saying he is retiring from the martial arts GENRE after FEARLESS because of the pain and so he can "make more philosophical family oriented movies". But films like WAR were probably filmed a year or two ago and are just now being released, as tends to happen in Hollywood. But I'm with you on the QT HERO/HOSTEL thing... I recently had a debate with a friend over that. Seems people can't see past the name in big letters above the top of the film.

That said... they're still going ahead with Green Hornet? I thought that was dead in the water after Smith left?
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2:07AM on 07/20/2007
Why do people still not understand that Jet Li only retired from martial arts epics and not films in general... its weird that there are still some uninformed... I guess it kind of like the people that still think Quentin Tarantino directed Hero and Hostel...
Why do people still not understand that Jet Li only retired from martial arts epics and not films in general... its weird that there are still some uninformed... I guess it kind of like the people that still think Quentin Tarantino directed Hero and Hostel...
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1:57AM on 07/20/2007
I'm still on the fence with this one. If it does, indeed, turn out to be true, I don't necessarily see it as being a bad thing. Completely.

I remember watching the show with my Dad when I was a kid, and one thing I remember (and I believe this to be true with a lot of fans of the show) was that nobody gave a shit about Brit Reid, it was all about Kato.

So by that rationale, I have no problem with Rogen playing the Green Hornet. Jet Li, if I remember, retired from martial arts films
I'm still on the fence with this one. If it does, indeed, turn out to be true, I don't necessarily see it as being a bad thing. Completely.

I remember watching the show with my Dad when I was a kid, and one thing I remember (and I believe this to be true with a lot of fans of the show) was that nobody gave a shit about Brit Reid, it was all about Kato.

So by that rationale, I have no problem with Rogen playing the Green Hornet. Jet Li, if I remember, retired from martial arts films (which makes me wonder about "War") and Jackie Chan is getting pretty old. How cool would it be to have Tony Jaa play Kato?
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12:40AM on 07/20/2007

PLAY IT STRAIGHT

I love Seth Rogen...but when is Hollywood going to get it?? PLAY SUPERHERO MOVIES STRAIGHT, and you will make a lot of money. A pudgy Green Hornet? Doesn't work.
I love Seth Rogen...but when is Hollywood going to get it?? PLAY SUPERHERO MOVIES STRAIGHT, and you will make a lot of money. A pudgy Green Hornet? Doesn't work.
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12:17AM on 07/20/2007

yikes

No offense to Rogen but WTF?! Knocked Up had some laughs but it was a wee bit overrated and certainly not a good standard for a classic crimefighter. I'm all for casting against type but..is this a joke?
No offense to Rogen but WTF?! Knocked Up had some laughs but it was a wee bit overrated and certainly not a good standard for a classic crimefighter. I'm all for casting against type but..is this a joke?
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