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Stephen Chow Won’t Direct Seth Rogen’s GREEN HORNET After All!!

I am – Hercules!!
Stephen Chow will still play Kato in the superheroic Seth Rogen comedy-actioner "The Green Hornet," but he'll no longer direct the project. Creative differences are blamed. A new director is being sought to shepherd the script by Rogen & Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") to the big screen. Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Awwwww :(

    by hegele

    I was looking forward to him working his Chow magic

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    first

    by captain_kirk

    I know that Rogen reads this, and intrigued by my screen name, will cast me as the green hornet. Although I'd prefer to be the Lone Ranger in a flashback.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    "I'm da bee..."

    by BeeDub

    "You know, from nature?"

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    hmm dissapointing to say the least

    by Timahh

    wanna bet david gordon green takes over?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Rogen is still there?

    by the milf lover

    so it's still gonna suck as a comedy Green Hornet movie then.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Rogen's script was probably 80% "(I'll improv somethin here)"

    by TallBoy66

    Fuck, I'd bail as a director too if Rogen was just going to go improv hog wild in the middle of an action shoot. Dammit, you got explosions to set up!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Darn.

    by eggart

    Oh well. It probably would've been like the flipside of the Spirit coin, and made an interesting double-feature.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Rogen can't be big-timing on the set, could he?

    by Heckles

    Hope not. Rogen has just a few more flicks before he gets old... and to some he crossed that line a while back.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Heckles

    by mr.brownstone

    Rogen has starred in 3 movies so far. One of which nobody saw (Porno). People who are burned out on him are obviously secretly watching his movies over and over again.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Creative differences...

    by mr.brownstone

    always means something bad. I'd love to know the real story behind this.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Rogen's wanted his lame jokes over Chow's genius

    by U-Stu.com

    I guarantee it. Chow needs to find a way to take on the entire movie on his own. He should play Kato, write, and direct, with Rogen and his goons nowhere in sight.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Run Fatboy Run

    by A-COD

    Mr Rogen, sit down next week and watch The Spirit. You will notice that you are in an empty theater. Nobody goes to see Superhero movies about 4th tier characters. The Green Hornet is stupid, don't waste your time.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Probably got as sick of his smug mugging as I am

    by Bobman46

    Can't stand that Rogen guy. Me puts me off seeing anything. I'm not really a hater- he just annoys me and I don't think he's funny. Does that make me a hater?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Neal Moritz

    by mrbeaks

    Bet the trouble started there. Time to start diggin'.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Lame

    by picardsucks

    Chow could have made this thing a classic in his first Hollywood Blockbuster with his unfuckingbelievably funny vision. Now it's prob going to be another overated Rogan vehicle.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Oh, COME on.

    by CoursinLarry

    I was only interested in the movie when I found out he was directing. They better get somebody equally as interesting. This is a big, BIG disappointment.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Ciao Chow

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    It was Chow's fault

    by blindambition238

    He didn't understand why it would be like so awesome if like the 'Green' in Green Hornet meant that like he liked pot, cause like smoking pot on screen is like totally funny and stuff, cause you can like talk about Juliane Moore's pubic hair and talk about like how funny it is being jewish and like yea....

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    They should change the title to "The Green Ass."

    by Mr. Waturi

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    And I would actually be pretty psyched

    by seppukudkurosawa

    If David Gorden Green helmed this. Fpr me, Pineapple Express was a far funnier film than Tropic Thunder.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Has anyone checked Neal Moritz IMDB credits?

    by U-Stu.com

    mrbeaks is on to something. This guy has 71 projects listing him as producer and not a single one of them is even decent. Worst resume ever?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Doomed

    by PTSDPete

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    KICK CHOW OFF COMPLETELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Illuminate

    I don't have a problem with Stephen Chow but, Stephen Chow is a Jackie Chen type/he is NOT a Bruce Lee type. For anyone who is not that familiar with how things are in martial arts movies than let me give you this analogy: It would be like casting Arnold Swarzennegger as Rocky Balboa. It is a stupid idea and insulting to the memory of Bruce Lee. The only reason the Green Hornet is even remembered is because of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee did not believe in comedic martial arts or fake Matrix type fighting. Bruce Lee was straight to the point on wanting realistic fighting/he was the first Ultimate Fighter. All his interviews stressed that he was not in to such bullshit. Seth Green would make a great Green Hornet but, casting Stephen Chow as Kato is fucking stupid. Well, at least this film is no longer going to have him Directing it. They need to bring in a serious martial artist like that guy who stared in Ong-bak or go with a Chinese guy who is like him. There are a billion Chinese. I am quite sure they can find a Chinese guy who can kick ass, speak English and act.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow as Catwoman

    by RexGattling

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    SOUNDS LIKE BATMAN AND ROBIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Illuminate

    typo: I did not mean Seth Green. I meant Seth Rogen would make a great green Hornet since the movie does need comic relief. But, they still need to get rid of Stephen Chow or they will have another silly superhero movie like Batman and Robin and nobody wants to see that.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    COMEDY???

    by BranMakMorn

    Hollywood - Please stop mining characters like the Green Hornet if you can't interpret what was cool about them in the first place. No fan thinks of the original Green Hornet as a comedy, they sat thru those shows to watch Bruce Lee do his thing. It was as good as the times and the limitations of serial tv could do. The irony is that guys like Rogen focus on the bad not try to improve on the promise of what could be.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    WOW I was really looking forward to this movie too...

    by Orionsangels

    Eh...NO! Not really.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Illuminate...

    by U-Stu.com

    ...you're just wrong. I love Bruce Lee and I'm sure he had a sense of humor aside from his respect for martial arts. I'm a film lover but I still like to see cheesy movies that don't have any cinematic value.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    LOL - Is it still "the best film in my mind in the world ever",

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    I not sold on THE GREEN HORNET yet. There is something that weighs 300lbs that tells me it'll be good-at-best, and they thing is - Seth Rogen.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa as Kato would have been awesome

    by tolomey

    But as it stands I'm not really excited about this project, but who knows, maybe it will be cool. I guess we will just have to wait and see.<br> And for the record, I agree with what BranMakMorn said.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Neither will I.

    by thebearovingian

    This does not bode well for this project.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Keep Chow, lose Rogen

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Check out the French fan-film online for a glimpse of how to approach the material. No pear-shaped funnymen required. Dark Knight Out.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    When did everyone start hating Rogen?

    by billypilgrimisunstuck

    I must be out of the hipster loop. Has he got that popular to be hated? I thought that was just the Dark Knight. In any case, yeah! FUCK ROGEN!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Ruined my night!!!

    by Thrillho77

    And by that I mean, my Asian escort just left my apartment because she was too upset by this news. I'm going to choose to blame Seth Rogen for this. Damn you, Rogen!!! You owe me 400 bucks!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Fucking Chow!

    by MCVamp

    Chow didn't want it to be some by-the-numbers, cliched, overproduced, smarmy piece of Hollywood shit. Why can't he just play ball! Oh well, here comes Tom Shadyac or something along those lines.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    No one goes to see 4th-tier Superheroes???

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Remember BLADE?<p>It's not the character that's the problem. Batman and Superman the the most famous heroes out there, and they've both had films that SUCKED.<p>Bad superhero films are usually caused by idiots who either don't take the source material seriously and treat it as such (Batman & Robin) or simply have such a bad handle on who the character is supposed to be that the filmmakers fail to give the audience what they came to see and the hero ends up falling far short of expectations (Superman Returns).<p>The Green Hornet doesn't have to be well-known to be successful. It DOES have to be an exciting action film that will both please audiences and make them want to come back with their friends over and over again.<p>Comedic superhero films, on the other hand, almost ALWAYS fail.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Fuck Les Grossman & his fucking producers!!!

    by ugh

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I know the basic plot (seriously):

    by Bob Cryptonight

    The main character is not Britt Reid but a young internet millionaire type (as opposed to the original newspaper publisher). The guy and his buddy are fans of the GREEN HORNET t.v. show (with Bruce Lee, etc.) and so they decide to actually BECOME The Green Hornet & Kato using the millions they have from their software/internet biz to fund the operation (thusly, they can sort of remake the t.v. show style, costumes, car, etc). And so...action and comedy ensues.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Wow but he's still staying on as Kato?

    by Bass Ackwards

    That's gotta be a pride swallowing experience, regardless of who made the decision. So far all I've gathered from the back and forth on this project is no one knows what theyre trying to do with it. Confidence=zero.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Well... I think...

    by ChuckImania

    Keep Rogen, and fuck the concept of a Green Hornet movie all together. Seriously, is anyone actually hyped about seeing a hip and happening Green Hornet? If you're not 40 plus then you should just shut the fuck up about being this die-hard Green Hornet fan. Rogen is doing the franchise a favor, he's the only reason people will care about this well polished turd.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    And!

    by ChuckImania

    People were more excited about Meteor Man in the mid 90s then they will be about this abomination. Mark my words; this is just Hollywood's sad attempt at milking the super hero franchise dry. I can't wait for the Aquaman flick.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Chow directing was the only reason i was interested

    by Droid

    They'd have to replace him with someone pretty good to get me interested now.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    The Film Should be Aborted...

    by Kal Reeve

    Give us a slick noir tale with Jon Hamm in the lead... and perhaps Tony Jaa as Kato.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    By creative differences

    by Series7

    Do you mean Seth Rogen wasn't physically fit enough to do what Chow wanted? <P> Chow: Ok now big action scene. <P> Seth: How about we show the Green Hornet and Kato sitting around talking about weed?

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Make GREEN HORNET VS DICK TRACY!!

    by the milf lover

    Remove Rogen and his entire clique from this and make Green Hornet VS Dick Tracy instead! Hardboiled cop Tracy vs hardcore vigilantes Hornet and Kato, with all of their villains as fodder. Set it in the 40s, treat it seriously, make it violent and bloody = Best movie of the year.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Is it so unlikely...

    by Brendon

    ...that Chow didn't like the less "family friendly" aspects of the screenplay?

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I think it was more to do with...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Chow seeing what complete bullshit Hollywood is and how he wouldn't be able to make his version of the movie. I would imagine sony would have kept him on a pretty short leash. What a shame.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Come on! get real people!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    You can't blame Rogen or any of the other creative team. You jsut know they were geeking the fuck out to get chow no matter what you think of them. This would be a chow and studio issue.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    So...will this be Brett Ratner's new movie?

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    wow

    by The Amazing G

    that REALLY fucking sucks

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Chow aint no Bruce Lee- Jaa more apt

    by pipergates

    Too bad we don't get Chow's visionary lunatic direction, but if we don't, he shouldn't be Kato. Tony Jaa would be much more appropriate.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Creative differences = Script not on par with Chow's best

    by Monkey_King

    and he knows comedy as well as drama. He only wanted to do it based on his admiration for Sigung Bruce Lee and the script most likely didn't put Kato in the best of situations.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I officially lose interest...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Now. You know if they don't like Chow, they like shit.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Watch the BLACK MASK series for a Hornetless Kato fix

    by Monkey_King

    at least Kato had more skill as a fighter anyway.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Creative differences?

    by hallmitchell

    What happened with Seth? He was so fanboying this guy.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Guys if there are script differences

    by hallmitchell

    Give Kevin Smith a call. He owes Seth a favour after the Zack and Miri floparoo and he's got a script ready to go.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Way to lose the only good thing it had going for it....

    by TheWaqman

    ....this movie has officially lost my interest now. I bet you it was because Seth Rogen and his fucktard friend kept adding pot jokes in there and Chow said no.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Contact Uwe Boll...???

    by Arcangel2020

    Bug Fucking Deal! So Show is NOT directing "The Green Hornet"! Frankly I could care less, The Green Hornet was a character and a TV show (as repeats I saw as a kid) I could never really get into or care about.... Hey!! I know...Uwe Boll should be able to do this one!! Ha Ha!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Boy that Seth Rogen has talent

    by magic_ninja

    I liked that one movie where he played a sarcastic fat ass that made fun of how ugly he is. What movie was that?

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Get Frank Miller to direct

    by Chishu_Ryu

    The man can do no wrong cinematically

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Bob Cryptonight: Sounds like the Escapists comic from a while ba

    by Sherman_Lives

    Comic writer buys the rights to The Escapist (as in Kavalier & Clay), decides to promote the book by having his friend dress up as the title character... pretty fun stuff.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    huh.

    by Charlie_Allnut

    This is a strange project. Rogen? Really? Chow directing was the only thing that really gave me hope that this would be interesting.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    This isn't cool news

    by -Halfscan-

    I have now lost all interest in this project :(

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    You think Moritz's resume is bad...

    by drturing

    He is a total fucking asshole, the kind of self important, PA abusing dickwad that makes people hate making movies. Also, with Chow out on this project, I'm out, too. Sorry Rogen, but that Chow's involvement was the only thing that elevated this to me.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    THANKS FOR SAVING ME $22

    by BringingSexyBack

    No Chow, No Tickey.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    The Untalented Green Canadian Jew

    by Jeditemple

    No thanks, I'll pass on all of his movies.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    So there goes Harry's proclamation

    by skimn

    that this could be the greatest movie ever made.<p>So Chow had "creative differences"??? My movie magic 8-ball says "Signs are not good".

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Creative differences=Rogen sucks

    by alienindisguise

    If I were Chow I wouldn't want to direct that bloated hack either. Rogen is certainly the most annoying actor to come out in a long time. He probably wants The Green Hornet to be smoking dope and talking about fucking every 5 minutes. Please Mr. Rogen, crawl under a rock and stay there.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    STEPHEN CHOW HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN...

    by halsolo

    and his idol is Bruce Lee. I highly doubt he'd do anything less than honor the legacy of his idol. He's also a fantastic action performer, so I have no doubt he's going to strike the perfect balance. Watch the opening of KUNG FU HUSTLE - he nailed period. This is a damn shame - Chow has a really wonderful cinematic vision, and while I'm probably going to SEE Hornet for him, I'm not looking forward to it AT ALL.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Chow not directing, Chowder not watching.

    by Damien Chowder

    If I were Chow I'd leave the project. No better chance than now. <p>Look at this way= Rogen known by say optimistically 200 million people globally.. vs Chow I dare say 1 billion+ (mostly in Asia.) The guy is God in China. Walk away now Chow you don't need western exposure.. Look at Jackie Chan, from legend to moron. Say no to hollywood.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Most stupid post by Illuminate.

    by Damien Chowder

    "I don't have a problem with Stephen Chow but, Stephen Chow is a Jackie Chen type/he is NOT a Bruce Lee type. For anyone who is not that familiar with how things are in martial arts movies than let me give you this analogy: It would be like casting Arnold Swarzennegger as Rocky Balboa. It is a stupid idea and insulting to the memory of Bruce Lee. The only reason the Green Hornet is even remembered is because of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee did not believe in comedic martial arts or fake Matrix type fighting. Bruce Lee was straight to the point on wanting realistic fighting/he was the first Ultimate Fighter. All his interviews stressed that he was not in to such bullshit. Seth Green would make a great Green Hornet but, casting Stephen Chow as Kato is fucking stupid. Well, at least this film is no longer going to have him Directing it. They need to bring in a serious martial artist like that guy who stared in Ong-bak or go with a Chinese guy who is like him. There are a billion Chinese. I am quite sure they can find a Chinese guy who can kick ass, speak English and act." <p> Chow is Bruce Lee type? No fucking shit Sherlock!! Chow is a Jackie Chan type? Feckin hell! I suppose Eddie Murphy is a Denzel Washington type? And Seth Rogen is right for GH?! WTF! On your take of Chow's martial arts... Erm he's creating a visual spectacle you idiot. He's transferring cartoon into live action. And there wasn't much comedy kung fu back when Bruce was alive anyway if any at all! Stop licking Bruce Lee's hard grey dried up shit. Chow isn't even trying to fill Lee's shows.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    MCVamp

    by mr.brownstone

    You mean like CJ7?

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Bob Cryptonight

    by mr.brownstone

    sounds like it coulda starred Dan Akroyd and Johnny Yune back in the day. Just change the internet thing to a coin-op video game.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    I'm going to write a Greasemonkey script...

    by wash

    that permanently ignores TBers that talk shit about Chow. There would be no way that their opinions would ever be useful.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Could never subscribe to the idea of Seth as GH

    by Stalkeye

    just by typecasting alone. He's not serious enough for the part not to mention his facial appearance. (Ugh!) fuck, use Matthew fox or Guy pearce instead as Bale has his hands full nowadays.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Keep the Theme Song intact

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    I think this could work as a comedy. The creative differences were probably something like there are no wires that can suspend Rogen for ten hours at a time.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    GET KEVIN SMITH!!!!!

    by ThaJackaL

    GIVE HIM A TON OF MONEY, AND LET HIM GO NUTS ON THIS!

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    ???

    by orcus