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Why Stop At Playing Kato? Stephen Chow To Direct THE GREEN HORNET!!!


Hey folks, Harry here - just back from night two of FANTASTIC FEST - just read this - HOLY FUCK! This is the greatest fucking movie ever in my brain at this instant. I imagine a level of joygasmic e-geekulation all over each and every synapse collected in my massive cinema-juiced cranium! HEAVEN ON EARTH, THIS IS YOUR FILM!

Beaks here...

We've known for some time that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were keen to cast Stephen Chow as Kato in their big-screen reintroduction/reinvention of THE GREEN HORNET. Now that they've got him, it makes perfect sense to let the man direct the damn thing, too! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director-star of SHAOLIN SOCCER, KUNG FU HUSTLE and CJ7 (reportedly a cinch for Moriarty Jr.'s 2008 Top Ten list) will indeed call the shots on this long-gestating project (currently scheduled for a June 25, 2010 release). This will also serve as Stephen Chow's American filmmaking debut, which is pretty cool considering that the televised GREEN HORNET introduced Chow's hero, Bruce Lee, to American audiences back in the 1960s. Here's Chow's quote from the Reporter:
"I'm excited to be taking on 'The Green Hornet' -- obviously I've been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid," Chow said. "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."
What this means in terms of tone is anybody's guess. The Rogen/Goldberg script has yet to surface (attention leakers: time to start leakin'!), but I doubt they hired Chow to put him in a creative straitjacket. I'm expecting zany, but reined-in - more SHAOLIN SOCCER than KUNG-FU HUSTLE. And since The Hollywood Reporter went out of their way to note that Rogen has "slimmed down" in anticipation for the film, I'm also expecting him to be as involved in the action as Chow. This is great news. I mean, I don't have any real affection for the character or the TV show (aside from the Bruce Lee connection), but the idea of Rogen and Chow kicking ass in an action comedy... if they do this right, it'll be like RUSH HOUR never happened.

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  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by welsh12uk

    I'd like to thank the academy

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5 p.m. CST


    by Animus

    ...fingers crossed

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Do we have to go back in time to see this??

    by DOGSOUP

    Released June 25 2008? I think I was drunk that day

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Your not going to find a better director. With him behind the camera, Rogen in front sort of makes sense.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Hooray for Chow, nay for Rogen.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Damn, this unfunny Rogen works too often with my favourite directors.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Rogen. Chow. Green. Hornet.

    by Heckles

    Rogen is becoming the Gen Y answer to Jack Black, but without the music.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    thank god

    by dirty john

    without the music.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Certainly sounds intriguing!

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    I shall watch this project as it evolves with a curious eye, following this news. One can only ponder what the finished product will look like!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by the book

    but I guess you people will say different just because he's in movies and I'm not. You get what you deserve.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Lets hope this turns out better than when

    by skimn

    John Woo was wooed (no pun intended) to our shores.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Hornet was always about Bruce Lee, so it only makes sense...

    by JediRob

    ...that this one will be all about Chow. There was something missing to all the talk surrounding this movie. something seemed off. Now it all makes perfect sense. Can't wait.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Chow with a Hollywood budget

    by skimn

    minus the Hollywood interference, should be a damn good thing. Hope he got CJ7 out of his system.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    FANTASTIC NEWS! Now I'm excited for this movie.

    by DrPain

    Chow is amazing, Hustle was damn martial arts masterpiece. Best news of the day! Can't wait.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    This'll be awesome!

    by bswise

    I typed, hopefully.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Cough.... Rush Hour never happened. Cough..

    by Damien Chowder

    But this is bonkers news!?!!??! It cannot fail!! Fail in America, hit in Asia! Hit in America, hit in Asia!! Cannot lose!!!! (Europe included) I can't believe this has happened? How the hell is Chow's English? I've never heard him utter "cheese burger".

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by pipergates

    couldn't get any better than that

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Chow is the man

    by krushjudgement

    That is all.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I find the "Seth Rogen's not funny" people amusing

    by slone13

    Just like Seth Rogen

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Theme music for Hornet

    by mr dark

    If they use the samr theme music "flight of the bumblebee " I would highly recommend the version by The Surfcoasters ..they are a surf band from Japan and there version which I had the good fortune of hearing live last week would be perfect for this film.. as they were playing it I couldn't help but think it would be a spectactular fit in a newer version..It might be on you tube or one of their 20 cds check it out...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    calm your passion!

    by pubgrundy

    i love rush hour! its like the first child who has done well in university and has a very good career we're all very proud of! rush hour 2 is the child who got into college but dropped out to pursue his love of painting... even if they dont sell that well. rush hour 3 is the lazy little cunt who sits at home 24hrs a day smoking pot, masturbating and playing x-box live all at the same time! we love em all, some i'm proud of, some i'm not, but they are all family. if you dont love em to some degree then you're just bad parents! also, wondering if i'm gonna be able to take a slim, fit Seth Rogen. Kinda got used to him the way he was.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    If only Rogen could act as well as slim down

    by MrJJonz

    then maybe, just maybe he could be funny

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen any pictorial evidence of "Slim" Rogan?

    by DHJeffries

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen any pictorial evidence of "Slim" Rogan?

    by DHJeffries

    Post a link!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    damn I was hoping to see Kevin Smiths version

    by j2talk

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    wow, you mean I actually have to see this thing now?

    by wash

    Even a mediocre Chow movie is worth a watch.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    If Jon Hamm was playing The Green Hornet...

    by blackmantis

    ...I would cream my pants over this news, but Rogen?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Slone 13, then I should put you into Hysterics!

    by JethroBodine

    Rogan ain't funny. Now go vote Palin!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by robotdevil

    This news actually makes this project a lot more exciting.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Wow great news...

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    In a world of shit. Chow is the man. Rogen better up his game to Chow's level or else it won't work.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Rogan = Chevy Chase in 10 years

    by JethroBodine

    And that's on his BEST day.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Craig Kilborn!

    by DrPain

    awhile ago I used to think he'd be pretty cool as Hornet.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    JON HAMM would be great too!

    by DrPain

    I always picture him a 50's era Clark Kent when I watch Man Men.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Cuz Jon Hamm would be a cool/retro Green Hornet, like a Chris Noth Green Hornet. But Seth Rogan is a hip/ironic Green Hornet with a bit of a stoner attitude (that the kids seem to dig).<p>According To Hollywood.<p>I too don't see it, but a lot of people thought Michael Keaton would fail as Batman...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Since Jon Hamm missed out on this.. Jon Hamm Superman Kingdom Co

    by Damien Chowder

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Kingdom Come

    by Damien Chowder

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet

    by enderandrew

    I'm somewhat curious to see Kevin Smith's script, even if it was as bad as he said it was. "Look, the Green Hornet hides behind a rock again!"

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...might be worth watching

    by Nuking the Fridge

    A big budget american film directed by Stephen Chow makes me very excited. Lets keep close attention to this. Stephen Chow is a man of true talent, would like him to take on other comic book films. Maybe he can re-boot Fantastic Four, or Xmen a little bit down the road.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I just heard something

    by Turd Furgeson

    about Paramount shutting down TINTIN.. Anyone know anything?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    The Perfect GH movie was already made

    by catlettuce4 Quentin Tarantino during the O-Ren sequence.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chou! Awesome

    by Lang The Cat

    I grew up watching Green Hornet and I am really looking forward to Stephen Chou as Kato. Now if they could get Patrick Warburton to play the Green Hornet and treat it kind of like Big Trouble in Little China.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I'm actually interested in a Green Hornet movie

    by Logo Lou

    Something I never thought I would be. Keen!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah! Damn cool news!!!

    by a goonie

    Holy shit am I excited for this movie now. I always loved the idea of Rogen and Goldberg penning the script and especially loved the dream casting idea of putting Chow in the Kato role, but I never saw this one coming. I love Stephen Chow and I love how goddamn happy he is about playing the role and making his American directorial debut. This is going to be great.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    This Movie Just Got A BILLION TIMES More Interesting.

    by buster00

    They're barely into the planning stage, and it already sounds a helluva lot better than "The Spirit."

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by the1980mutant

    This is going to be fun. Glad to see people in Hollywood still have vision. Damn the suits!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    So we'll be getting a very silly movie then

    by kafka07

    with characters that defy gravity, etc. I'm not exactly excited. More confused than anything.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    This is awesome

    by buffywrestling

    I love his shit. So glad he is getting a shot at such fair. I think he will do great things with the material. I thought KungFu Hustle was magic.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen not funny? Keep telling yourselves that...

    by brokentusk

    I guess everyone was wrong when they said SUPERBAD was hilarious? Yeah, and the audience I saw KNOCKED UP with must have watching a different movie in their minds while they were laughing their asses off... Ah, nothing like reading an Ain't It Cool News message board - the place where morons spew their dumbass opinions as if they actually mean anything.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    KINGDOM COME should be mocap...

    by MetalMickey complete Alex Ross style with Jon Hamm as the VOICE of Superman (along with Kevin Conroy as the aged Bats, of course)

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    As long as it don't suck as much as The Spirt will...


    Guarnteed. Search your feelings, you know it to be true...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Pineapple Express let me down but...

    by drturing

    This is a dream come fuckin true. Thank you Rogen for having real respect for martial arts cinema. If the whole thing is played for laughs how your character is fairly inept while your sidekick does all the heavy lifting... I can't fucking wait for this movie. Also, Rogen is one fucking amazing writer. You all just hate him for being such a shlub, a self confessed geek stoner, and yet he's amazingly prolific. My only advice to Rogen is to play a nicer guy for at least one movie...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Fucking A yes!!!!

    by picardsucks

    I hope Ng Man Tat (Stephen's 90's sidekick) is in it as well. Stephen Chow coming to America to direct is so fucking phenonimal!!! I hope the coke head douchebags in Hollywood don't try to temper him or Americanize him. If this is half as funny as King of Comedy or God of Cookery then I will be happy. This could be fucking huge worldwide if they let him do his thing

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Search your spell checker...


    meant "guaranteed". sticky keyboards...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    right on

    by DigitalBeachWar

    YAY for Chow... BOOOOOO for Rogen. I'm fucking tired of the man ape.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I really hope this turns out well for Chow...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Watching Kung Fu Hustle, it becomes hugely apparent how much the Matrix sequels were a squandered opportunity.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I see some real potential here for Chow

    by Teddy Artery

    I've followed his career with great enthusiasm for years. Anyone familiar with his work knows that he always incorporates Bruce Lee references into his films. This should be a complete dream project for him. Just don't try to slow the man down, guys... he's a creative maniac when he's given the right amount of room.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Drop Green Hornet, just make a hardcore kung fu movie with Kato

    by DarthBakpao

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    @ Turd Furgeson

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Where'd you hear it? It wouldn't surprise me. Tintin is an experimental production, so there's bound to be tonnes of snafus.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    Here you go.. I'm rubish at tinyurl so I hope this comes over ok. If not, its at Radar online.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    take out the spaces..

    by Turd Furgeson

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Has to be a comedy

    by thot

    won't work any other way obviously. Too bad, woulda been cool to see at least a quasi-serious take ol' GH.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Kato should be played by...

    by kbass

    Brandon Lee. It's a no-brainer. Wait a minute. My bad...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    CJ7 was HORRIBLE.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    My take:

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Let's see...

    by Cheif Brody

    Iron Man made some money this year...Helly Boy 2 made some coin...Hulk brought in some 'green'...I think The Dark Knight did well...Watch Men getting good pre-release buzz...Hollywood is gonna ride the superhero gravy train right into the shitter. <p> Guarantee you...the next 4 comic book-big screen incarnations are gonna tank badly...I think Watch Men will start this decline...and The Punisher will send it right off the cliff. <p> I'll bet we're comparing Hornet to Ghost Rider this time next year. Can anyone say 'direct to DVD bin'?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    cj7 just wasnt what i expected

    by Mr_X

    after the utter brilliance of kung fu hustle. but that more my fault than chows. watching kung fu hustle first and then shaolin soccer after, i was hoping cj7 would be more kick ass, but obviously it wasnt. anyhow.. im more than happy for him to be the grren hornet... and kick some ass!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    CJ7 was crazy

    by Series7

    That shit scene was fucking crazy. It was a big throw back to 80's kids movies. Cop out ending and all, the poop scene had my laughing my ass off. My girl was pretty much like, figures, you laughing at a poop joke.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Chow good, Rogen horrible

    by the milf lover

    The 'Green' in Green Hornet isnt supposed to mean weed! Fucking useless dopehead douchebags... <p>Getting Chow as Kato and to direct might redeem this somewhat, but it cant be all comedy, it might have worked in the 60s tv version but not anymore, you cant Rush Hour-ize Green Hornet, it has to be hardcore violence, with humor but an overall serious tone!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    The Green Hornet, a comedy? Ugh.

    by crankyoldguy

    a must to

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I just heard that

    by Series7

    Brett Ratner was going to direct this instead.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    CJ7 was a superior retelling of Mac and Me

    by wash

    And Mac and Me was pure acid.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Fuck YEAH....

    by travis-dane

    <p>Chow's the man! He should play Spike in the live action COWBOY BEBOP movie.<p>Lets see what he does with GH.<p>

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Chow is funny as hell, but wrong choice for Kato

    by DarthBakpao

    I expect a more serious choice for Kato, someone as cool as Jet Li, only younger. A comedic Green Hornet? Not too excited

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Will The Green Hornet say...

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    "The City, my mother, my lover"?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Can anybody recommend another movie site?

    by jonnyweir

    Nothing against the owners of this site, but comments like "HOLY FUCK! This is the greatest fucking movie ever in my brain at this instant. I imagine a level of joygasmic e-geekulation all over each and every synapse collected in my massive cinema-juiced cranium!" are not really what I want with my movie news. I like reading this site because of the news and spy reports - can anybody recommend another site that has similar content without all the other stuff (girlfriends, weddings, long fanboy rants in reviews etc)? Again, not meaning to be disrespectful, just curious.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Gee...more wire fu!

    by Le Phantom

    They will just ruin it with wire fu, whiz bang editing and cheesey HK action...everything Bruce Lee and the Green Hornet wasn't!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    God sake.

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    If I hear one more person do this 'fuck you, you write/star in a film and then come back and we'll listen to you' bollocks. But I'll rise to the bait - I think Rogen's overrated (Superbad is infrequently amusing, Knocked Up fails after a few viewings), so if you want me to prove I can write then ask and I'll give you a link of my scripts that you can then criticise in the same way we're criticising Rogen.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Rogen as The Hornet is Terrable.

    by Redfive!

    I love Rogen in F&Gs,Virgin and Knocked Up but I DONT see him as TGH AT ALL.Even in Pineapple Express I still dont see him as an action star.Now if it were James McAvoy I could see that.Otherwise SHUT UP HARRY.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Cow will make a spoof out of Kato ?

    by dioxholster

    bruce lee was dead serious, but chow is a comedic actor as well as rogen so both will not work well together, both cant be comic reliefs.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    hey jonnywie visit this site, its real good...

    by Stengah

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Wow is this is all it takes to get Harry excited?

    by Orionsangels

    Times sure have changed.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST


    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST

    I have seen both Stephen Chws movies..

    by emeraldboy

    while they both looked great. the Shaolin Soccer movie was a lot better then his follow up. Which was an utter mess of a film.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu hustle..

    by emeraldboy

    it was called. Could not undertstand a single thing that happened in the movie. Utter mess.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    This is sooo much more exciting than AVATAR, Harry.


    NOT. What a ridiculous comment, Harry. <p> You probably think that the INGLORIOUS BASTARDS cast is cool, too.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    universal have passed on...

    by emeraldboy

    tin tin.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST



    No - actually - I don't really know most of the actors, but the script is cool and so is the director.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST



    I agree. Tarantino is one my favourite directors. Although I don't like the cast, knowing Tarantino it'll still be a great film. <p> As for THE GREEN HORNET - I just don't get the appeal for Seth Rogen!?! He isn't terrible or nothing. But he's hardly great IMO. <p> One last thing - Is there any chance of a AVATAR/James Cameron Q&A anytime soon?? <p> Thanks, Harry.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5 a.m. CST



    I didn't get that comment either. But this is still the best movie site by a mile IMO.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Harry, was there any need for your addition to the headline?

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    I'm pleased that you find this notion exciting, but adding "GREATEST MOVIE EVER!" in the largest font you could find not only looks incredibly messy (especially in the Top Talkbacks section) but seems like a somewhat premature gesture for a movie that exists simply as an idea with a director and actor attached.<p>As one of my fellow talkbackers commented above, we must not forget that Avatar is upon us. If you truly believe that The Green Hornet will eclipse Avatar in terms of celluloid greatness, one fears that you are due to be met with a great amount of disappointment in the future.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom


    I truly believe AVATAR will be landmark in the history of cinema. THE FILM IS GONNA BE GREAT.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST

    this movie's kung fu is strong

    by The Amazing G

    and fuck the Seth Rogen haters

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST


    by chipps

    you've gone out on limb. that is what separates the geeks from the mainstream, the ability to make riduculus sometime profane comments. that is why i don't read the mainstream, it is far less interesting. this will be a space to watch.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    I believe you will be proved correct, sir. It certainly has the potential (from what I know of it) to become a movie - much like Citizen Kane or Star Wars - that is remembered for decades to come.<p>Can the same be said about The Green Hornet? One sincerely doubts it.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom


    After AVATAR, I hope Cameron makes THE DIVE then BATTLE ANGEL. And my wish would be for Cameron to make CTHULHU in the modern day. That would be awesome.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Well who know's about Tintin?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Speed Racer might cause it a whole lot of problems. With all the Cars, Speed Racer should have been a guaranteed hit. And I somewhat erroneously compared Tintin to The Golden Compass before (I called them both Europhile, but in that respect so is Harry Potter) but they do appeal to a certain type of person. But if this were a real issue, wouldn't the internet pundits picked up on it more by now?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Oh it's being reported by Chud now...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    See that's sad. Although I'm sceptical how much money it could make in the US, I still want to see it made. Perhaps they can make the budget for the first one smaller or get non-Hollywood funding, which would make a lot of sense.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Rogan's shtick

    by papabendi

    is tired. I like Chow, sort of. I have absolutely no idea what the original Green Hornet is like, I don't recall it being shown in the UK. I shouldn't be here.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Rogen's playing Green Hornet?

    by Knuckleduster

    Get Jon Hamm. He looks like he can do funny.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    This is fantastic.

    by CoursinLarry

    I just became REALLY excited about this movie. Seth Rogen's an interesting choice for the role, and Chow's an interesting choice for director. I love when studios have the balls to do things like this.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    If someone is going to leak that

    by hallmitchell

    Please leak the Kevin Smith Green Hornet to.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Everyone remember that time...

    by Edward_nygma

    ... the Green Hornet and Kato showed up on the old Batman series. That was awesome.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Awesome. - Live up to Bruce Lee choreography.

    by JDanielP

    I've long imagined that Bruce WAYNE would have Bruce LEE's level of martial artistry, as Batman (though I'm lovin' Nolan's interpretation). Here's to hoping that I can find it here, in THE GREEN HORNET's sidekick.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That's how Bruce played it. I think it's great that a Lee fan like Chow will be directing and starring, but why does it have to be a comedy?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    That is all

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The 'Greatest Movie Ever' thing is really tiresome. It's this kind of kneejerk reaction that is destroying modern day film criticism, the whole Dark Knight/Godfather thing being a perfect example.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    What does Seth Rogen have stuffed in his bottom lip?

    by Laserhead

    Fatass always looks like he's dipping smokeless tobacco or something. It's maddening.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    oh dear

    by jason baum

    that's a bold statement. I'm hopeful for this film, but I realistically see the studio tying chow's hands in a way that it ultimately is a studio/rogen invisioned hornet film, & NOT a chow invisioned film.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    DEATH TO HYPE: The "Save AVATAR & Green Hornet" Campaign

    by NivekJ

    You know what hype does? It lets you down. It sets you up. It leaves you deflated, dried up, and hollowed out. It likes having the hottest chick you can imagine giving you a handjob, and then splitting right before you explode, leaving you to deal with the mess. That's hype. Avatar, Green Hornet, Star Trek, they're just movies. Not cures for cancer, not perpetual motion, not free energy. Just fuckin' movies. Sure, they cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and take years to complete, but in the end, they're only two or three hours long, and ten bucks at the box office. That super-hot chick? Just a chick - once you do her for a month (a year if you're a romantic), you just get tired of her. Unless she's actually a fuckin' awesome chick. Just like that fuckin' awesome movie you saw this past summer. You know the one. But then again, you wouldn't have known that unless you took the time to get to know that movie... I mean, girl. And hype would have taken that away from you. Dear son, don't trust to hype. Remember to let them into your heart, and THEN you can start to make it better. Hype dies today.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Green Hornet equated to the Best Movie Ever

    by Kloipy

    without seeing one frame of film? Really Harry? This is to you, the best movie ever? I thought that hard to reach spot went to Speedracer which was yet another of you 'holy fuck' films. I mean lets get real here, this is a fucking Green Hornet movie. Yes we are excited for it but please take down the hyperbole.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You're forgetting one thing, Jim Cameron is directing, not George Lucas.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    James Cameron

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Depends if we get Titanic James, or Terminator James.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Don't give a shit. Same for Avatar. Any Watchmen news?

    by ev1ldead

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    What a billiant idea!!!!!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Shephen Chow rocks!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The 'slimmed down' Rogan is on the cover of GQ

    by catlettuce4

    He looks terrible. Kind of like Richard Simmons. THIS is the Green Hornet?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    why are people saying dark knight did "well?"

    by jig98

    so what, breaking every record in the book and scoring 520 mil is now considered doing "well?". doing "well" used to mean a small budget comedy doing 30-40 million it's first weekend despite mixed reviews and fanbase of the cast then going on to earning eventually 100 million overall. that's what i call doing "well". compared to dark knight, pretty much everything this year {so far} did exactly what all other big buzz and budget cartoony, action-packed, incredibly dumb mindless popcorn, candy and soda fun movies have done at the box office for the past 50 fucking years. also, i think stephen chow is a good choice for the green hornet. seth rogan i'm not completly sold on yet because it's another one of those ironic choices where he have to wait until we see either minute, minute and a half footage online or the trailer to know for sure. just like downey in iron man and heath ledger as joker. {we all know how that turned out, do we?} case closed. no further questions, your honor.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    I actually Love bugs bunny...

    by emeraldboy

    God Chuck jones was genius. as was tex avery. I havent seen bugs in a while. Bugs, Elmer and Daffy were just brilliant. But droopy was my fav. Then one with the Droopy and the wolf. is the best cartoon ever made. my fave bugs toon is Rabbit Season. I just love Chuck jones. and I hated those films Space Jam and Back in action. god they stank.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    See now I thought this site would have been ALL OVER TinTin news like this.. I'm holding out hope but now that it's been second sourced, my confidence is slipping.. I can see what they mean by costs especially after Speed Racer.. Remember the days when just attaching Spielberg to a movie meant it made buckets of money? What happened? he needs to make a couple movies with 30MM budgets so he can get the juices flowing again.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Wow, I could care less.

    by dr sauch

    Harry, you should save the hyperbole for when you need it.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Turd Furgeson

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    But if they post about it here it'll be all "what the hell is a Tin tin?" jokes again. The way I see it though, a live action Tintin could be made for Hellboy II money. And although I'm dying to see the crazy cgi they have cooked up for this, perhaps a story on Tintin's scale (no monster, aliens, ghosts et cetera) would be better served by a Miyazaki style animated film.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I like Seth Rogan but Harry has no taste

    by reflecto

    So presumably, despite the good cast and crew, this will suck mummy cock much like Hatchet and other recent AICN darlings.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Well that's just fuckin awesome!

    by Jotham

    Can't wait! I've been a Green Hornet fan since I was a kid and have been chomping at the bit for a remake. Chow is good (I think Tony Jaa would have been just as good) and I'm very interested to see what Seth "Action Star" Rogan looks like

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    But why?

    by ChezKing

    Why Seth Rogan? Why wouldn't it be anything else but a spoof? And if it's a spoof, why? Why...why...why...?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I'm just not excited about this...

    by Gungan Slayer


  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    by x_dereks_x

    When aicn starts using such words I won't to stop reading this site...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    How do FAT people slim down?

    by teethgnasher

    just curious. Never thought it was possible for north americans.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Sounds terrible

    by Michael Monterastelli

    Stephen Chow as director and Kato is the only good thing about this. Seth Rogen as The Green Hornet?! Awful! Sorry but that just sounds bad. I like Seth as the oafish stoner guy but not as a superhero. This should be done with a more serious tone right? I don't understand why you are so excited about this Harry. Looks like a smoldering turd and further proof that Hollywood makes great Asian filmmakers do a big, dumb movie for their tinsletown cherry breaker. Fuck off!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    This Level of excitement about The Green F'n Hornet?!

    by A-COD

    What at awesome idea get a hot director from the far east what could possibly go wrong? Signed, The Hulk, Midnight Meat Train, Hard Target, and The Ring 2. My advice, keep the budget down and pack it with weed jokes, it's the only hope. If they play this straight it going to make The Shadow look like The Dark Knight. The Green Hornet is stupid and nobody cares about him. Rogen, I like you, Just walk away, no one has to die, Walk away!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    greatest movie ever Harry?

    by the milf lover

    gee, could you try to reign in your enthusiasm just a litle bit? As it is now, we'll be lucky if this Hornet movie doesnt turn into the next Catwoman, I'll setlle for The Phantom (the one with Billy Zane) level of quality myself, meaning underwhelming yet enjoyable but forgotten 20 seconds later. And once again, FUCK SETH ROGAN!!! I dont give a shit how funny/talented/whatever he is supposed to be, which he is not, he is ABSOLUTELY WRONG FOR GREEN HORNET! Hell, Rob Schneider would be a better Hornet than that fat potato. <p> "Greatest movie ever" With statements like that, no wonder Harry keeps inflicting Scriptgirl on us as if she's got anything of any woth to contribute to this site. If you really care about fucking sriptsales, then give us a written column instead of her witless boring cuecard reading.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    more crack journalism and stupid talkbacking...


    greatest ever? ok whatever. People not allowed to find seth rogen unfunny? interesting. I thought tbs were a place of discourse and opinion, but dont dare offend some fanboys man-love for the unfunny seth rogen. To me, he is that idiot in the back of class who cracks jokes all the time, about 1 in 100 are funny, and the girls hate his guts.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    jonnyweir, yeah -- move over Citizen Kane!

    by Bibliographer

    Seven Samurai will be considered crap in comparison. We should go back in time and destroy the memory of John Ford, Ozu & Michael Powell, 'cause quality means nothing and cool means everything. I hope this is good, but it will probably be a three star film. Try for more rational news.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by daroru

    Is all...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    the book

    by quantize

    being a big enough asshole to post that amply demonstrates you're a humorless fuck...thanks for making it clear.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Harry, your review was absolutely worthless.

    by Cotton McKnight

    You know as well as I do that there are a lot of questions revolving around this project due to Seth Rogaine's involvement. Is it the same typical stupid movie he is usually in, or is it different? Because I gotta tell you, I didn't like the guy before but after Pineapple Express, I am to the point where I will avoid any movie he is in altogether. That movie was really, REALLY bad. It was like a bunch of bad improv skits strung together. Done by amateurs in a freshman theater class. High school or college. Your pick.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Wow, Harry, that was bloody annoying...

    by PirateEmery

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Harry - Ever actually WATCH original GH?

    by Ninja Nerd

    Dude....and 95% of the TBer's; The Green Hornet was the "anti-Batman" back in the day. The Adam West series was a joke...literally and figuratively...while The Green Hornet was fairly serious. There was some humor, but Williams and Lee mostly played it straight up. I have no interest in a "comedic", Rush Hour style, buddy movie. Even with Rogen and Chow. I'm a big fan of both, but treating GH as a comedy is WAYYYY off target. I would say that going a serious version would be difficult because the Nolan's Batman films. Rich dude vigilante with cool black car has been done to near perfection, so I see the problem. Still, I think a serious GH would be cool, especially if they worked in the Lone Ranger backstory. Then, it wouldn't seem as derivative of Batman. And could be very good on film. My 2 cents.........

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I Predict EPIC FAIL. This & The Spirit

    by cowboyone

    These dated properties have come and gone for a reason. Fedoras and criminal masks are ridiculous, and I just don't see hoe this could work or why ANYONE would give it to Rogen. (And I LOVE Rogen!)

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    I was hoping they'd make a Green Hornet film that was full of cgi and erratic in tone. :/

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by semisaj

    Forbidden City Cops is chows best film

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Pinapple Xpress was a bit Meh!



  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Robots In Das Guys

    What an annoying cunt. Greatest Movie Ever? From the man who gave Fantastic Four 2 a pass? Why don't you just swallow your own cum and spare us the hyperbolic nerd nonsense.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Wait... you mean Kato from the PINK PANTHER films?!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Now, THAT'S a movie I would see.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Christ on a cracker, give Harry a break

    by skimn

    After the man is HEADGEEK. If you read carefully, which may be beyond some of your comprehension, Harry said "greatest movie ever IN MY BRAIN". It has the chance to be a great superhero genre/kung fu flick with Stephen Chow manning a Hollywood budget. Harry is just saying it has great possibilities.<p>Harry's hyperbole can be maddening at times. OK most of the time. But he is like the kid in the preverbial candy store. He gets fucking excited at news like this, so cut him some slack. Geez.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    whats with all the shit talkin

    by Murkish

    this is awesome news. chow is brilliant and rogen is damn funny too, cant wait to see what theyll come up with together

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Meant "After all the man is HEADGEEK"

    by skimn


  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    It's not just the hyperbole,

    by PirateEmery

    it's the way he does the hyperbole. With the huge messed up text, the front page of his own site looks like a joke.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    and now for something completely different...

    by cifra

    ... over the top Harry. Come on, I love Chow, but in NO WAY he's a master. He makes really enjoyable films but I think he's too overrated. Just, just think of the chance Tarantino would have directed this one...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Chow is great

    by veritasses

    Looking forward to this.

  • Get Smart had comedy in it, but wasn't a full-blown comedy. It was a comedy/action and more of an action movie than I thought it would be.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by marcogo

    Rogan has slimmed down quite a bit...check out Letterman from the other night...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Shame on you Harry...

    by marcogo

    I'm a fan of Seth Rogan as Steven Chow as well, but... "Greatest Movie Ever"??? YOU are the reason people think the way you do...Shame on you, especially after the release of "The Dark Knight" proving how it should be done.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    STARGATE UNIVERSE casting call!!!

    by dioxholster

    the show is gonna suck!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Sweet more Hong Kong talent making Hollywood films...

    by Roketopunch

    and going straight down the toilet like Li and Chan. Straight down the turd waterslide. Who cares about the Green Hornet anyway. E grade hero.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for a trailer

    by Die_Hardest

    Kato and Green Hornet kicking ass to Flight of the Bumblebee.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by DeadPanWalking

    Anti-hype hype? Talkbackers crack me up. Someone needs to teach an entry-level psyche class that covers the reactionary nature of message board discussions and how they relate to individual users' (lack of) self-esteem. Anyway, this movie looks to have amazing "upside." I look forward to checking it out.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by dioxholster check it out the new show sucks man.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Oh boy is this going to suck

    by Yiggy

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    Chloe Carpenter: 20ish. Stunning and sexy. Daughter of a U.S. Senator. Silver spoon upbringing and a little spoiled but not stupid either. Politically and socially savvy. Dreams of following in her father's footsteps but for now she's a bit of a party girl in her first year at an Ivy League school. Her father's tragic death and the dire circumstances of being trapped on a spaceship seriously tests her character. SERIES REGULAR;

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Every teenage girl's fantasy

    by dioxholster

    Lt. Jared Nash: 20-25. Junior S.G.C. team member. Officer material but green and rough around the edges. Every teenage girl's fantasy. Like a college quarterback thrown into his first pro game, he is thrust into the role of leader well before he's ready for the responsibility and must learn to take command, earn respect through action, and manage the diverse personalities on the ship to keep everyone alive. Like Jason Bourne, he is skilled and well-trained however he is mentally unprepared for the urgency of the situation. SERIES REGULAR;

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by Mosquito March

    I agree about the awesomeness of RAIDERS, but I have to ask - what parts of it take place in San Francisco, the South Pacific, and the Amazon jungle?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Raiders is in my top 3.

    by Alfred_Packer

    With Vertigo, and Maltese Falcon. Mosquito, San Francisco (City Hall) subs for Washington D.C. at the end on the steps, South Pacific is the island at the end, but thats really R2-D2's canyon in Tunisia, and the Amazon jungle would be at the beginning with the Idol, but Im pretty sure that was shot in Hawaii, at the least scene with the waterfalls at the very beginning during the Indy reveal.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Hootkins resume..

    by Alfred_Packer

    Died over the Death Star, Got crushed by Flash Gordon's plane, got shot by the Joker, and financed/sponsored the recovery of the Lost Ark. Well Done, Sir. Great Talkback when he died a year or two back..

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I love you, Harry.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    The more I read Harry's articles...

    by leland222

    the more he gets on my nerves. This won't be the greatest movie ever. End of story. Don't ever put shit like that on your main page again. Please?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    My goodness! Stargate Universe sounds awful!

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    And why does it appear that all the male characters are modelled after different versions of Matt Damon? Most distressing.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Harry, you are an ass

    by Drunken Rage

    Is there anything that doesn't come with some sort of superlative? Here you're saying this is the "greatest movie ever" and it's not even fucking been made. You are a douche.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Some Watchmen news - it's directed by the guy that did 300 and it's all in slow-motion.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Genius screenplay. Inspired casting. Sublime direction. Awesome score. Great photography. Razor-sharp editing. Result = classic. Today's summer movies, please take notes.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST do you...

    by Raindog789

    type with so many cocks in your mouth? No, it hard to get your jimmy deans on the the "G" key while guzzling spooge? I'm really curious. Does corporate cock taste like regular Joe or is it better/worse? When you look back at the wide-eyed able fat ass you used to be, to you shed a gravy tear seeing as how you've become such a whore? No, really...just curious...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    I am Eli Hitchcock

    by Thrillho77

    And so are probably 80% of talkbackers.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The Green Hornet -one season show.....

    by rben

    still if it was released tomorrow, i'd buy it. c'mon, bruce's a no-brainer. oh, and they would have to add the batman walk-on ep too. So why hasn't this been put on DVD yet? rights issues? It may be the last genre series of note not on DVD. All the rest have been released, the last being Man from UNCLE.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    The Avengers Movie that comes out in 2011.

    by PirateEmery


  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    It's official

    by leland222

    /film has become my official site for movie news because I have yet to see them post an article that has "Best movie ever" and "Seth Rogen" in the same sentence.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Just because it might be a comedy doesn't mean it won't be fanta

    by samuraiyao

    Having Chow and Rogan in this project might make this vehicle work in the long haul... This should be exciting folks!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    fanta as in fantastic...

    by samuraiyao

    Or fanta which ever you prefer...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Mmmm... fanta...

    by PirateEmery

    Haven't had an orange soda in, like, forever...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Greatest movie ever Harry?

    by GeorgieBoy

    Are you sure? I mean because we all believed you when you said Armageddon was so good.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    It will be gold, if Rogen is given freedom and...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...allows Chow to bring in his own ideas. Then, boy, it better be fucking amazing. From God Of Cookery, through Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, the guy makes some of the funniest damn kids movies on the planet.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by Uncle Stan

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Flavor Flav has signed on to Groovy Ghoulies the movie!

    by Orionsangels

    Harry says - GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Gilligan's planet CGI movie!

    by Orionsangels

    Harry says - GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles, I'm impressed by SHIT! The movie!

    by Orionsangels

    Harry says - GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Shaolin Soccer was decent to fast forward through, but just don't care about this news...guess i'm not a kung fu fan though.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    WATCHMEN will be The Greatest Movie Ever!

    by grievenom

    Unless the courts side with Fox and it doesn't get released.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    this sounds lame

    by Stevie Grant

    very, very lame.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I remember the GH as Being Suave and Sophisticated

    by Xiphos_2

    Which are two words that can't be used to describe Seth Rogan. Lean and atheletic are two more words that can't be connected to him either.<p>So I guess they're going for the postmodern, ironic hipster thing? To bad that card has been overplayed.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    reintroduction/reinvention = no ideas

    by Reno

    It's like if bands just played covers of famous albums over and over. I don't need a reintroduction/reinvention of Led Zep IV. Play something new already.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    I love that guy

    by deanbarry

    Seriously, he just made a hardcore beep on my cool movie radar.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Greatest Movie Ever?? WTF!

    by midgard serpent

    Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow doing the Green Hornet equals greatest movie? Rogen sucks balls, cannot act and is not remotely funny. Plus he is a tubby bastard that is nothing like the character of Britt Reid...charming, smart, athletic and debonair. Stephen Chow is fine as Kato but his directing style does not suit this film at all. It also sounds as though they are playing this as a comedy? Obviously they never actually watched the original show with Bruce Lee. This has become a must miss now with this sad news. Perhaps they will still fuck up the Green Lantern movie and cast Jack Black as Hal Jordan as well...

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    midgard you read?

    by deanbarry

    or just get on your soapbox and start shouting" and i quote from the article you obviously just skimmed over... "The Hollywood Reporter went out of their way to note that Rogen has "slimmed down" in anticipation for the film" So regarding that seth is a tubby bastard, lick it! obviously it is all rumourmill and hyperbole so i don't really give a fuck. just don't like weeners getting high and mighty without reading shit first. jackass.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Steven Chow's first duty - FIRE Seth Rogan!

    by dkfuel

    I would love it if the first thing Steven Chow did was fire Seth Rogan and get a real leading man to play The Green Hornet. Putting every other good reason aside why Seth Rogan should not play TGH, there is one thing that is very clear -- Kato is not older than The Green Hornet. Steven Chow looks his age and so does Seth Rogan.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Seth Rogen

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    doesn't have the look.<p> This is as bad as Jack Black as Green Lantern.<p> Or Nick Cage as Superman.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    I was actually happier with the rumor...

    by RobinP

    ...of Lucy Liu as Kato.....a LOT happier. I'm still diggin' the idea of a female Kato. Maybe it's just me. IS it just me ?

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Greatest Movie Ever?

    by Bruce of all Trades

    That's a bit overdoing, don't you think?

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Total miscast and wrong direction..

    by CeejayNightwing

    First off, the Green Hornet TV show took itself seriously unlike its sister production Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward. So the idea of taking that show and turning it into a comedic farce is far away from making "The Greatest Movie Ever" and pretty much the banal standard that Hollywood has been doing for the last 5 years of taking TV shows and adapting them into big screen comedy spoofs like Starsky and Hutch and Charlies Angels. Stephen Chow is very talented but wrong for the part of Kato which again was never a comedic one, Collin Chou who played the Jade Warlord in this years Jet Li/Jackie Chan hit "The Forbidden Kingdom" and also the character Seraph from "The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions" would be far better suited in the role. And for Brit Reid i'd either have gone with Eric Bana or that new hotshot actor who looks like a taller Tom Cruise and starred in the movie "Never Back Down" called Sean Faris, both can actually perfom a good fight sequence. Len Wiseman would be a better choice for directing this flick, he did amazingly well with his two firt micro budget flicks "Underworld/Underworld Evolution" and impressed very much with last years Die Hard 4 with a bigger budget. Either way, "THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER" should not be a spoof of a cult-classic drama with a true screen legend like Bruce Lee being spoofed just for a quick buck!

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Well we don't KNOW the direction yet...

    by Larry Sellers

    And The Green Hornet show only took itself seriously enough to have the characters guest star on an episode of Batman (yes, they did). McG's Charlie's Angels and Todd Phillips' Starsky and Hutch weren't TOTAL comedies. They just knew that people would not take it THAT seriously so they merged the source material with comedy to make it more accessible. I thought Miami Vice was pretty good for a TV-show-to-film that took itself seriously, but look how that was received and that was a straight crime drama. Now, this is obviously going to be a comedy. But Seth Rogen seems to get it. Stephen Chow seems to get it. They're both fans. I can't see this being godawful and unfaithful to the material. I can't see them making fun of something that they've professed to be fans of. Len Wiseman? Really? Why not just suggest Brett Ratner? They're pretty good at working with a small budget, decent action scenes...but they're really mediocre when it comes to directing the actors. At least we have a writer and the director of the film in this one. And this won't be for a "quick buck." This is been in development for what, over ten years now? Longer? The marketing team is going to have to work really hard at this one. The Green Hornet is something people have MAYBE heard of in passing. Rogen and Chow have sizable audiences now, but it's not going to be an easy sell. I'm just saying you're making some pretty strong assumptions by saying Kato's role was never comedic, it'll be a spoof, etc. and THOSE things are going to make it a bad adaptation. I'm more worried about the studio's intervention once production begins. That could make for a much worse movie than you have in your head. This is a big investment in a character few people know/care about.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Chow, anti-Hollowood. Rogan, too puppy dog

    by Immortal_Fish

    This is bittersweet news. I've loved everything Chow has done. First read about him here. Approached his material with caution skepticism, and now proudly own several of his works on region-free DVDs. I'd HATE to see him get gobbled up and softened down by Hollowood like so many fine Asian artists before himi.<P>I presume this will be replete with tongue-in-cheek humor as most of all of Chow's work usually is. And Seth Rogan will be a *great* Britt Reid. Unfortunately, I just don't believe he'll make a believable transformation into the Green Hornet character without some major magic in cinematography. In Chow's two greatest accomplishments, Soccer and Hustle, his character convincingly went thru such an arc. The costume and camera work will aid Rogan to some extent, but it will do only so much. Not convinced that he can pull it off. Hopefully Chow will be able to coach him thru it.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Oh and perhaps the Spirit will have an impact

    by Immortal_Fish

    In short time, general movie-going audiences will weigh in on their ability to suspend disbelief about a man that fights crime while wearing a full business suit and a Lone Ranger mask. Granted, as a comic fanboy, *I* can see major differences between the two properties, especially given the difference in tone and presentation between them. Doubt general audiences will draw the same conclusion. If the Spirit tanks, there's a chance we may not see Hornet.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The Spirit

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    will poison the well<p> Kill the genre for a decade<p> Unless Sin City can revive it

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Andy Lau or Francis Ng as the villians

    by picardsucks

    Andy Lau and Francis Ng as the main Villians Sean Lau as the grizzled cop like a Chinatown Jim Gordon Charline Choi as the hot sassy minx Philip Kwok as Mad Dog Cecilia Cheung as the hottest chick with wild bush Edison Chen is the pervy guy And it best fucking have Anthony Wong as a crazy hitman. Action Directed by Lau Kar Yeung (Not Yoo Ping and his tired wire work) Shot by Johnnie To's cinematographer Final cut by Johnnie To and Milkyway Image crew I want less Hollydouche talent in this and more Hong Kong talent. Fuck let's move Hong Kong over here!!! Could be fucking great!!!!

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I could see Dane Cook or Ryan Reynolds, but NOT Seth Rogan

    by Monkey_King

    Rogan is funny, but definitely not the right choice for the great grandson of The Lone Ranger and his trusty ass-kickin' chauffer of the Black Beauty.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Sounds like "camp" is finally creeping in

    by Snookeroo

    to the comic book movie genre. Ugh. Too bad -- that's really the death knell.<br><br>Personally, I think the Green Hornet could be a really good action movie, played straight up.<br>I like Seth Rogan and all, but he really shouldn't be attached to this thing in any way, shape or form. Ugh.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I think Harry has a Seth Rogan fetish!

    by Orionsangels

    He's not that great. He's just a fat guy with a curly fro. Just wait till Harry's review of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. He's gonna call it a classic!

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Mr. Dark - Surf Coasters "Flight of the Bumblebee"

    by Kantoku

    hey thanks for the heads up! great stuff! found the mp3 at from their 2005 show at Double Down Saloon in Vegas. when did you see them? here's the archive link: other Surf Coasters sets:

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    So Harry

    by d_fens1969

    Hows that new exercise regimen going now? Well?

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by Wants Vaders Executor

    seriously, tone it down a notch. Or three notches, if that's possible in English.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Larry Sellers -

    by CeejayNightwing

    If you ever bothered to watch the Green Hornet then you'd know just how seriously it took itself. The characters appearing in two episodes of Batman was exactly that.. BATMAN EPISODES, not Green Hornet Episodes! The choices to take a spoof direction to Charlies Angels and Starsky and Hutch were not on any foresight that the general audiences would not accept these classic 70's shows seriously but purely because they wanted to spoof those shows. They were updated adaptations to the big screen in any ways shape or form, just spoofs. If they wanteed to do a serious Charlie's Angels adaptation then they'd have cast serious actresses in the role like Hilary Swank as Sabrina, Naomi Watts as Jill and Lena Headey as Kelly, then people would have expected a serious film. If they casted Robert Downey Jnr and Brad Pitt as Starsky and Hutch do you think the general public would have a hard time taking it any less seriously than a Lethal Weapon movie as opposed to the Loaded Weapon spoof? If the direction for the Green hornet was meant to be as seriously delivered as the original show, then the producers wouldn't be casting to actors known for their comedic prowess. My assumptions are not without basis due to the above trend, yours are simply based on hope!

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    deanbarry reading FTW!

    by midgard serpent

    yes I read the article, which stated that Rogen will be slimming his tubby ass down. Will that suddenly turn him into a great serious actor that has charisma, is athletic and can do stunts as well as being a good looking playboy? No he will still be a Fro wearing stoner idiot that cannot act and is certainly no the least bit funny unless you are high as well. Go back and watch the original shows and see what a joke this casting is. Perhaps Jack Black was already tied up with Green Lantern and couldn't do this film. Hopefully this movie will get canned until the right people are in place.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Mr_Incredible, LMAO!

    by Orionsangels

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Why do we need a "stoner" Green Hornet????

    by Otter

    Why can't we get a leading man type for Britt Reid? Hell, I'd even settle for Steve Carell.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet's a slapstick comedy?

    by Voice O. Reason

    The fuck?

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Ya know...

    by Deus X Meshuga

    At one point,George Clooney was mentioned as a possible Britt Reid/Green Hornet.What do we get instead? A guy who looks like the guy who brings Britt Reid his Deli order.This lifelong Green Hornet fan is not pleased.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by Stormwatcher

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    by Stormwatcher

    and damn the enter key! I bought Shaolin Soccer and loved having it to show off as something I got overseas. He'll deliver.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    This Avatar hype is hilarious

    by kungfuhustler84

    All you guys have is a concept, some news, and maybe a mild heaping of plot. How the fuck can you be so sure it will sweep the floor with a Stephen Chow movie?<p>You can't, so chill out. The necessity for new technology in a film like Avatar is exciting, but it's no reason to suddenly dismiss any future cinema as a lesser medium.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    And Harry's statement of "greatest movie ever"

    by kungfuhustler84

    is based entirely on taste and excitement for the possibilities. It's not a claim of future fact, nor is it a dismissal of any future movies. All he's saying is this is something that's getting him really excited.<p>The guy is excited about movies, and it's a beautiful thing to see someone so enthusiastic about something that is still in the very early stages. Let's just hope it doesn't disappoint.<p>Does Stephen Chow even speak English?<p>And can we get one fucking America movie where an Asian actor is not limited to kung-fu fighting and limited speaking roles? I know there are a few out there, but it's getting a little ridiculous. If someone as great and well rounded as Stephen Chow can make it to the states, surely an acting legend like Tony Leung can find a project. Or is it from lack of interest?<p>Anyway, enough typing my thoughts for all. Just sharing some input.<p>Good night everyone.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Seth as Britt Reid Jr. maybe?

    by dkfuel

    The only way I can see this project will work with the existing cast is if the "real" Britt Reid is killed in the line of duty and then Kato is left alone. Kato learns that Britt had an illegitimate son, a bumbling fool (Seth Rogan) and must quickly find him, recrute him, and whip him into shape as the "new" Green Hornet to stop the latest criminal, who's evil plans are already under way. This would take care of Kato's age (Stephen Chow being 20 years older than Rogen) and that fact that Rogen is an unlikely choice as a Superhero. This would also allow for some comic moments as he is being trained, and also for some more serious stuff as he gets better at being a Superhero by the end of the film. It, unfortunately, is also quite similar to the plot of "Kung Fu Panda" (also with Rogen) and slew of other cliched stories. But hey, "Kung Fu Panda" worked, no?

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Chow is brilliant...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...and that's just from seeing Kung Fu Hustle and nothing else! Rogen is ok but not even remotely in the realm of Carrey, Williams who, even then, neither would be the proper actor to play Green Hornet. Of course, Green Hornet seemed like a half-ass Batman with a MUCH better and far less ambiguously gay sidekick in the form of Kato. Chow directing this is an excellent move as any take he goes with is bound to work...but Rogen as a lead? even comedy-action lead? Is Pinapple Express any good? I haven't seen it but if you watch the guy in Knocked Up, he's really not an actor at all.<p>The thing with Rogen he is exactly the same in every role; he's not even really an actor inasmuch as he just repeats his lines and doesn't look at the camera. Dont' get me wrong, it works very well and next to Rudd and Carrell, he was one of the better things about 40yov but I saw Knocked Up and wasn't impressed nor was the movie really that funny. The dialogue scenes between Rogen and his friends was funny but that's the same old Rogen schtick. It works! But it won't work for GH as it won't be him and Rudd and that fat screamer guy from 'Accepted' sitting around talking about tea bagging each other if they pass out or who's sick enough to use their hand to shove peanut butter down their passed out friend's pants instead of a big wooden spoon or cake spatula. It's funny like Pet Detective is liners, hilarious scenes and batshit antics...but is there really a story there? Not really.<p>And for the kids who say "Fuck you haters! Go make a movie half as funny and then you can talk!" I have no solution for your malaise but I will say that if your parent's have white or light coloured carpet, never carry a knife or scissors in anything but a sealed box. Also, I'd advise against walking and chewing; particularly on stair cases or around a swimming pool or bar-b-que grill.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Oh Brutha! (spoken like Bugs Bunny)

    by spudwas

    I am the only one who sees a train wreck coming? what you want Seth, But please...don't call it the "Green Hornet." Please!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Do you remember when we all thought John Woo was God?

    by Mr Gorilla

    His Hong Kong films suddenly became known - especially THE KILLER and HARD BOILED, and critics were dubbing him THE MOZART OF MAYHEM and so on. Then he comes to Hollywood and, well, it doesn't totally work out. Well, Broken Arrow was great fun. MI2 we can all agree to hate. But Face/Off showed just how hard it is to translate that combination of extreme violence with mawkish sentimentality - a childlike sensibility which is like Chaplin without the brains. (Remember that HORRIBLE, saccharine ending to FACE/OFF when Travolta has the kid at the door, and says 'I want you to meet someone'?) Personally, I hated KUNG-FU HUSTLE; it was more like watching sports than watching a movie. And I think the very different approach to storytelling and tone will give the studio behind GREEN HORNET some major problems.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    "Seth Rogen's Not Funny"

    by Karl Childers

    This can't be stated enough.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by boogy110

    Who gives a fuck!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Anybody remember "The Avengers" in 1998?

    by Yeti

    Ralph Finnes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery nand Eddie Lizard? Flopped.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    This may be a good movie

    by Abominable Snowcone

    but when you make a habit of abusing superlatives, they lose effectiveness. I have no reason to believe this is the "Greatest Movie Ever" because that's been said before here about other films. Other films that may well have been very GOOD, but not the greatest movie ever. Because THAT movie is Jaws.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Django says -

    by django_il_bastardo

    SHITTIEST MOVIE EVER!!! George W. Trendle and Fran Striker are turning over in their graves. Google 'em...

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Kantoku re:surfcoasters

    by mr dark

    Saw them at Moes Alley in Santa Cruz.. and have seen them when touring before.. What a great band..Nice guys and you can tell there having a lot of fun here in the U.S. ..I sure hope someone seriously considers using that song for this film.. It could work well as an update to the Al Hirt version..If you get a chance to see these guys don't think twice..

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Seth Rogans version will be

    by mr dark

    The "Killer Green" Hornet

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    This movie will quickly be forgotten

    by Little Beavis

    no doubt