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Sony: Stephen Chow Will Not Play Kato!!

I am – Hercules!!

A sad day. Stephen Chow won’t be directing Seth Rogen’s “The Green Hornet,” and he won’t be playing Kato. A statement from the studio:
"There was a mutual and amicable decision by both sides to move on. We are out now to cast a new Kato and remain fully committed to Michel Gondry's exciting vision for the film, which will begin production this September."
Could this be Jaden Smith’s lucky day?
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  • July 14, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by El-Gorko

    He was what I was most looking forward to about this flick.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Still looking forward to this movie.

    by Snookeroo

    Chow or no Chow.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    first or one of

    by damiz707


  • July 14, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by gringostar

    this movie is unnecessary... as is the Green Lantern, Thor and Spiderman 4 (unless Mysterio is the baddie)

  • July 14, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Chow down guys

    by LightninBolt

    I have nothing on this. I missed Michel Gondry's addition.. better check IMDB... general public will confuse Green Hornet and Lantern btw

  • July 14, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    I'm sure it would have been a fine example of film making from Hollywood finest and most talented

  • July 14, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    come on TJ

    by damiz707

    perfect break out role for him

  • July 14, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    At Least Thor has some different elements...

    by LightninBolt

    And a director who can direct actors (if not always complete a winning film)

  • July 14, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    there's always the inevitable THEY CALL ME BRUCE remake

    by Six Demon Bag

    you know its around the riverbend.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I still say make Kato a female

    by Logan_1973

    It worked for BATTLESTAR.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa

    by antonphd

    Now that could be cool. Better than Chow, because Chow is funny. Tony would just be dead serious and totally over qualified looking for this retarded movie. Just like Bruce Lee in the retarded tv show.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    And why exactly is Jaden Smith's name mentioned here?

    by tylerzero

    It'd better not be because he's in the running.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Chow's too good for this.

    by Knuckleduster

    They'll probably just cast Jackie Chan and replace Gondry with Ratner.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Absolutely NO POINT to watching this film now!!! >:P

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    With a chubby lard@$$ comic as The Green Hornet and no one of note as his butt-kicking sidekick, Kato, what reason is there to ever MAKE this movie, at this point?<p>Does ANYONE really want to pay money to see Seth Rogen play the Hornet??? REALLY??? All they have to do is hire Shia LaBeouf as Kato and the black hole of suckage that will be created will dwarf anything on Star Trek.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith is mentioned because...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Some Hollywood moron got strong-armed into casting that no-talent twerp as the new Karate Kid. Nepotism has its privileges, as Tori Spelling's employment continues to prove.

  • July 14, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Just announce Michael Cera already

    by Larry Sellers

    Kidding. Should be Jason Scott Lee.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    They should just get Kato Kaelin and be done with this POS

    by RobertBaron

  • July 14, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Everybody Quits

    by A-COD

    This movie will not get made, if it does the Box Office will make Land of the Lost look like Titanic. No one cares about the green hornet he's stupid.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Do they seriously think this will be a hit?

    by ackack

    Did they not learn from Land of the Lost and Year One? These big budget, high concept comedies are not what people want. They want comedies that are funny. Plain and simple.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    They'll make Kato a chick..

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

  • July 14, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    They'll make Kato a chick..

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

  • July 14, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    wow, thats great!! NO WAIT!!! ITS OLD FUCKING NEWS!!

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • July 14, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    They'll make Kato a chick..

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    ..probably still a chink though. Kevin Smith is making Kato a chick in the comicbook.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow is too good for this crap movie

    by Devilman666

    Like someone mentioned earlier, Chow is too good for this movie. Or any American movies..We need more Shaolin Soccer and Kung-Fu Hustle!

  • July 14, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Fuck this stupid movie

    by Star Hump

    It's going to sink like a stone.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Sexyamo or Kid Yamamoto as Kato.

    by Continentalop

    Yoshihiro Akiyama or Norifumi Yamamoto as Kato. Those guys are actual badasses (ok, maybe they can't act - I admit, that might be a detriment).

  • July 14, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    FIRST: Tony Jaa all the way!...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    SECOND: Don't even waste the time if it's just going to be another patronizingly camp mutation. You can keep your cute little parody movies like Starsky & Hutch, Wild Wild West, Dragnet, The Avengers, I-Spy, Brady Bunch, Charlies Angels, Dukes of Hazzard, Bewitched, Little Rascals, Land Of The Lost and all the rest of that contrived garbage. I want sober minded adaptations that actually respect their audience like The Fugitive, The Untouchables, Mission Impossible, The Dark Knight, Miami Vice and Maverick. "Don't condescend Me Man!" - Floyd

  • July 14, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Wait a tic...

    by Superzerotwo

    I thought it was out there a while ago that he wasn't directing it and there is already someone else directing.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    And there goes any interest I ever had in this movie...


    Seriously Sony... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??

  • July 14, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Ernie Reyes Jr. for Kato!

    by ThePilgrim

    Sure he's working on the new live action TMNT, but did you see him in "The Rundown"? He's perfect for the role + he's been do Fu since he was an infant.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Jason Scott Lee for Kato!

    by redfern

    After all, he played Bruce Lee in DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY, and appeared as Kato during the Making Of Green Hornet scenes.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by Roketopunch

    Chow is better than this shitpile.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Martial Arts knowledge not required

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Seriously, their Kato casting call says that!!! What's the point of this movie again??? I pronounce this film...EPIC FAIL!

  • July 14, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman?

    by krod


  • July 14, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    damn it...

    by hegele

    worst news in months.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Don't even bother

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    No one outside the geek community knows what the fuck Green Hornet is! And, come to that, this Chow guy. And yep, the guy up there had it right: people will confuse it with Green Lantern. <p> <p> And am I the only one round here who thought Be Kind Rewind for five minutes of inspired riffs, and another hour-and-half of crap? Quirky for quirky's sake. It didn't work as some kind of urban fable, it didn't work as a comedy. It just meandered. <p> <p> With Gondry at the helm, absolutely no audience familiarity (at large) with the title, and the Lantern factored in, this will I'm afraid - if it ever gets made in the first place - sink like a stone.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Justin Timberlake as KATO!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    No wait...Ryan Reynolds just got it...also Green Hornet. Sorry, fat guy from Knocked Up.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    hate to say it but

    by The InSneider

    this movie has been plagued with issues from Day 1, and the thing is, no one even knows or cares who The Green Hornet is. It'll be about as big as Land of the Lost. There's Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk and the Fantastic 4... and then there's everyone else. All these Deadpool, Green Hornet, Green Lantern movies are like Daredevil or Elektra. It'll be a miracle if any of them turn out well. But all the studios care about is if they make money. This, my friends, is the truth... and why you'll never see my ass at Comic-Con.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds is...

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    The _______(insert color name) _______(insert insect,object, or venereal disease name)

  • July 14, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    That's right, Ryan Reynolds is

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    The Blue Herpe!!!

  • July 14, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Orange Spatula

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

  • July 14, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    The Cerulean Blue Anal Wart

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

  • July 14, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    The Off-White Pillowcase

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    that is all.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Pompoulus

    This movie better pray for a fucking awesome preview, because my stake in it just disappeared.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    SONY: Will Smith will play Kato!

    by Johnno

    Film to be sorta like one of those white guy/black guy comedies where two different ethnicities come together in cooperation for some Awww Haaaale Naaaw moments.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    That is because he is the next SUPERRMAN.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That'd be awesome.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Kato hella serious in the show?

    by damiz707

    I could see some funny hostage shit going on and Jaa just comes in the room, whoops everybody's ass with knees and elbows, and goes back to the car.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by Nachokoolaid

    TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> TONY JAA <p> I think you get the point.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck cares??????????????????????????//

    by crackerfarmboy

    Seriously, who cares about this on again, off again piece of shit?

  • July 14, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    The Stupendous Silverfish!

    by TedKordLives

    Come on Tony Jaa! Get those voice coaches on the phone!

  • July 14, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    They'll probably get a female like Michelle Yeoh

    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • July 14, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    screw this

    by mr. smith

    fer reelz

  • July 14, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I still don't think it'll ever happen...

    by Stroker_Ace

    Here's proof: And yes, I have a ridiculous amount of time on my hands.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Well, if Kato is a chick.... Gina Carrano! Hell yea...

    by br1947

    yep, female MMA fighter (and former American Gladiator Crush). Actually, I kinda like that idea, she could do all her own stunt work and whip the ass of anyone in the room at any given time, so there fear factor would be very real.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST

    So What !!! Want people to see this ?

    by j2talk

    if the studio wants people to GO See this movie- a film about a long forgotten quasi super hero whose sole cultural relevance is for introducing Bruce Lee to American TV then THEY NEED TO CAST a NAME in the principle roles and lets face Stephen Chow aint it

  • July 14, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    *Carano - yea, the more I think abut it the more I like it

    by br1947 If its gonna be a female Kato, can't do much better

  • July 14, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    no Subtitles for Millionaire? who the fuck do you think we are?

    by awepittance


  • July 14, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That announcement is inevitable.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    All of his films are the cheesiest CGI I've ever seen. And he's so overrated.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

  • July 14, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    A "name"? Seriously?

    by Chief Joseph

    Bruce Lee was a nobody to the American audience at the time of the '60s Green Hornet.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Get Burt Kwouk (sp?)

    by Ruddy Heck

    from the pink panther films - he's already got Kato cred! Jokes... Go Ernie Reyes Jnr.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    praying this ends up

    by frank cotton

    in development hell

  • July 14, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    How about we just not make this movie.

    by Series7

    Ever since the day Seth Rogan said he wanted to make this movie, which I think got the ball rolling, every day since has just been a waste of time and effort. I mean why drive right into a brick wall if you can avoid it, good call Chow.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Biggest mistake EVER - Chow is a genius!

    by Professor_Monster

    If they would have just let Chow make this film - direct it - there may have been a chance that Seth Rogan would finally be ini a good movie. Fuck this movie.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    How can a Stephen Chow movie possibly go over someone's head?

  • July 14, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Zhang Zi Yi as Kato

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    Or whatever the fuck her name is. I want to eat her asshole with a spoon.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Don't even mention the Kung-Fu Kid

    by CherryValance

    I can barely deal with that crap as it is. Is this Green Hornet thing taking a long time or what? It seems like it's 5 years or something. How long has it been since Seth Rogen had a proper meal?

  • July 14, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    fassbinder79, Pretty sure you missed most of the comedy.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I gather there is a lot of word play and inside humor in Chiau Sing Ch films. I'm assuming you don't speak Cantonese and are unfamiliar with the culture. That explains why you do not appreciate the movies.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    So Rogen had all that Lipo for nothing.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    What a bitch.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Triads probably didn't think it'd be a good idea for Stephen

    by Super Rabbi

    Watch out for d'em fuckin' triads.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Not sad news. THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!!

    by RioBravo

    Now sign Ernie Reyes Jr. for the role!!

  • July 14, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by RioBravo

    'nuff said.

  • July 14, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    EFNY being made into vehicle fro Megan Fox!!!!! WTF!!!?

    by JuanSanchez

    Get a damn article or whatever you call them up so I can complain!!!!

  • July 14, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    Ernie is $cientologist, BTW.

    by Chief Joseph

    Maybe he can fight Xenu.

  • July 14, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    You know Gondry is going to be really reigned in on this

    by ackack

    So, once again, what's the point? Gondry won't get to flourish because this is a big budget studio film, not a low budget thing where he could do what he wants like always. He'll basically be directing traffic and he might be able to do a couple of "neat" shots .

  • July 14, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    i thought Cam Diaz had this in the bag already.

    by Six Demon Bag

  • July 14, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    This vibe has been around for a while.

    by hallmitchell

    Since announcing Stephen wasn't directing and despite Seth saying otherwise. It always looked like Stephen wasn't committed to the project. A shame.

  • July 14, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Surely Seth can find some bada$$ from...

    by hallmitchell

    China, Korea or Japan? How about that bada$$ from ONG Bak. That guy from Thailand is kicka$$.

  • July 14, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    hmmn, don't know if I care that much.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    I can't say I like him as an actor, I love how crazy and kinetic his films are. But acting and the ability to deliver a simple story aren't skills he posses readily.

  • July 14, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Ernie Reyes for Surf Ninjas 2!

    by Outlaw

    Hollywood, get on this bitch chop suey!!!

  • July 14, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST

    scarlett johansson as kato.

    by alice 13


  • July 14, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Who cares.

    by Rubiks Doob

    Seth Rogen is a dork...

  • July 14, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    as long as Ryan Reynolds is still in the movie.

    by mitortilla


  • July 14, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Kato will be played by Gilbert Gottfried

    by Orionsangels

  • July 14, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I second the Surf Ninjas 2 notion

    by StarchildAD

    Instead of a gamegear, its a psp. I think they need to stop hiring the asian actors and just cgi replace all the american actors eyes with asian eyes. Get all the fat hollywood players and put them in a movie, replace their eyes making them fat asians and you got a fat cgi asian eyed features exstraveganza. RUFIO! RUFIO! RUFEES! RUFEES!

  • July 14, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    No one cares about the Green Hornet.

    by Ash Talon

    Despite Gondry's involvement, this will not be good. It'll certainly be a commercial failure. Maybe artistic too. The only hope it has is to be WAY OUT THERE. And even if it is, it'll fail at the box office.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen sounds like a moron when he talks.

    by Orionsangels

    No one is going to take him seriously as the Green Hornet.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith looks ridiculous with his Diana Ross

    by GIschmo

    hairstyle. Will somebody take some hedgeclippers to that coif already.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I'm with everyone else, WHO CARES!

    by Orionsangels

    They're desperate and scrapping from the bottom of the barrel when a green hornet movie is top priority.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Donnie Yen is still the best choice !!!!

    by robrod55

    Stephen Chow wasnt right for this.. you have to go with Donnie Yen, or even Mark Decasco.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    They'll invented gadgets for Green Hornet...

    by Orionsangels

    as an excuse to overuse CG. Because the public wants more CG! Oh no, GIJOE is made up of normal humans, with normal human abilities, but we want to over use CG in this movie. I got it! Let's give the joes excelerator suits! That way we can create fantastical over the top CG effects, that we think will impress someone. Maybe a 5 year old. Yeah we can do Matrix style jumps! Good job everyone! The movie can now have an incredible amount of CG!

  • July 14, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by F-18


  • July 14, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Get ZombieBruceLee

    by ZombieHeathLedger


  • July 14, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I was


    Really excited for this film, now not at all, Stephen Chow is a genius, i like Gondry, but Chow is what a movie like this needs.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Continental Op

    by TELF

    Has the right idea. Sexyama for the win.<p>Jaa can't do it - he's under lock and key to the Ong Bak producers.<p>Now, Continental - which is it? The Underground or Sherdog....?

  • July 14, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Thank f*ck! Chow is worth more than Rogen anyday.

    by Damien Chowder

    Chow knew he couldn't go the route of that chinese sell-out monkey known as Jackie(do anything in a western movie)Chan. Chow has integrity. <p> Now to cast Jaden Smith for Kato! Hell yeah that would suck so much it would be cool.

  • July 14, 2009, 11 p.m. CST


    by GeneralJackCosmo

    Fucker's got a broken orbital and is on medical suspension until January...plenty of time to shoot the movie!!! And Sexyama can do anything.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa Crotch Plants You All!!!

    by ThePilgrim

    A new AICN Catch Phrase has been born.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    No! This guy is Kato - Bruce Lee Lookalike

    by hallmitchell Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan. Ring him now Seth!

  • July 14, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    John Cho!

    by zen_tonto

    He'd be a perfect Kato, just look at his performance in Star Trek.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Hollywood aborts another potential winner

    by Cujo_Fugate

  • July 14, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Call me when Rogen drops out

    by YackBacker

    Until then, this movie has no meaning to me.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    No way studio would have cast Chow as Kato...

    by InfiniteRegress

    ...everyone knows an Asian can't open a movie. Fingers crossed for Shia or Michael Cera.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Lyoto Machida as Kato

    by JoeSixPack

    Perfect casting, just don't give him many lines.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    How is Mark Dacascos holding up?

    by dailysportspages

    He was pretty much the Kato to the main character in Brotherhood of the Wolf.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by SavageJuicebox

    Now Chow can go on and make an actual good movie to crush this one.

  • July 14, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Forget Sexyama - have you seen his girl friend?

    by Continentalop

    Jesus fucking Christ am I jealous. <P>

  • July 15, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    It all started out so awesome

    by DrPain

    then it went down hill fast. Chow would have been a great Director and co-star. I guess Sony didn't learn nothing from Spider Man 3 after all.

  • July 15, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Twice now H'wood fucked Chow

    by Chief Joseph

    They ignored all input he gave to that Dragonball abortion and ended up walking off the project. I'm sure the same thing happened here.

  • July 15, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    What Yackbacker said

    by Triple_J_72

    That is all.

  • July 15, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Kato Kalen for Kato!!! Just the kind of crazy shit Gondry

    by JuanSanchez


  • July 15, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Chow was too Good for this film

    by Hafsol

    Stay in your Homeland mate and shows these idiots just how great you are.

  • July 15, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    So they kick out the chinese martial artist and keep the ugly Je

    by Professor_Monster

    in a movie that calls for a chinese martial artist and not a diamond merchant.

  • July 15, 2009, 1:38 a.m. CST

    This Movie Will Bomb As It More Than Deserves Too.

    by Media Messiah

    They are not going to get my ticket money.

  • July 15, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Jack Black MUST play this part

    by lockesbrokenleg

    He needs another shitty movie to add to his resume.

  • July 15, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Chow was too smart and too good

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    I don't know the man, but I am sure he read the script and he was like "No fucking way I am gonna be part of this shit."

  • July 15, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Justin timberlake just confirmed for Kato

    by mitortilla

  • July 15, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Get that Asian guy thats in all the Apatow movies

    by mitortilla

    the naked guy from the Hangover.

  • July 15, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Chow is Chinese.

    by Seph_J

    Therefore it is sensible to keep him away from the set. Wallets and things might have started to go missing. <p> Cast one of those poor unfortunate people who LOOK Chinese instead.

  • July 15, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Danny Chan for Kato, with Donnie Yen choreographing

    by Monkey_King

    He looks the most like Bruce Lee, played him in the LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE produced(horribly) by Shannon Lee and starred in Steven Chow's Shaolin Soccer and Gong Fu(Kung Fu Hustle). He's perfect!

  • July 15, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Rob Schneider or Eddie Murphy!!!!!

    by Droid

    They have very successfully pulled off asian characters in recent flicks.

  • July 15, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    sony: people less interested in movie!

    by ironic_name

  • July 15, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Stay as far away from the mediocrity that is Seth Rogen is a great career move on his part.

  • July 15, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    REBOOT! But keep Gondry!

    by andrew coleman

    I love that guy! Seth Rogen needs to be dropped quick. I know the studio thinks Hornet will get the nerds in and Rogen will get everyone else. Did they see Observe and Report? He is not a BO magnet he looks out in getting good roles. Recast Rogen and get Tony Jaa and there you go.

  • July 15, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    the tuxedo is jackie in the kato role

    by ironic_name

  • July 15, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Is anyone really excited about this project?


    I mean really? There's maybe 3 people that post on AICN who are old enough to remember the original. And this project has the stink of fetid taint all over it (after repeated restarts and stars being attached / falling out). This film is truly not a wise decision.

  • July 15, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Tony Jaa is too brown

    by sith_rising

    racist, but true. looks WAY too South Asian.

  • July 15, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by El-Gorko

    Mark Dacascos is too busy determining whose cuisine reigns supreme. No man in their right mind would give up that gig.

  • July 15, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    ill officially pass!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    this has MESS written all over it.skinny-non-pot-smoking seth rogen...Michel Gondry???!...and no Stephen Chow...AND Cameron has PLUTO NASH syndrome (which is a studio film lacking any actual need to be made)

  • July 15, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Michel Gondry

    by Series7

    Will be quiting this soon. Well hopefully.

  • July 15, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Make Kato a talking dog.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Just like that dog in MIB:2. I would like that. Or maybe a talking pig like Babe. Pork jokes galore.

  • July 15, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Welp, you hire a fat-ass who won't work out for the role...

    by venvariants

    This started stinking the minute what's his face got the lead role. You can't hire a plumper who has enough clout to bow out of the physical training for the role and expect things not to go down hill. A fat Spidey? No. A fat Supes? No. Those guys have to train like mad. Rogen, though? Not a drop of sweat for this role. Bad news. It will tank just like The Phantom and The Shadow and The Spirit. Sad truth, folks. Sad truth.

  • July 15, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I BEG YOU-make another film with Charlie Kaufman.Something clever-your TOO GOOD for this caca.It's like steve spilberg directing TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE would be cool to see a "SWEDED" copy of this film from you for fun!

  • July 15, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Hoos Stephen Chow?

    by Sithdan


  • July 15, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    make KATO a robotic dog named DYNAMUTT

    by Six Demon Bag

    and change green hornet's costume into a blue falcon. viola instant ramen.

  • July 15, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow's playing Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 15, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow's playing Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 15, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    It's outta conTROL!!! Pippa, where are you?!?

    by MrMysteryGuest


  • July 15, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith? Awww Hewwlll NO!

    by Otter

    Not the spawn of the Antichrist himself!! No!

  • For all the TV & action fans on this site, very few of you know anything about the Green Hornet. I really think that "Rogaine" and Gondry will royally fuck this property up. Here are a few facts about the Hornet: 1) He, like Batman is on an avenging crusade against crime to avenge his father's death. Like the ending of The Dark Knight, he is thought to be a villain, even though he is actually a hero. He uses this as an advantage in his crusade. 2) He is the great grandson of John Reid, The Lone Ranger. 3) The show was not campy at all; more like Batman meets The Untouchables. Some episodes had a sci-fi theme, but very few. All of the actors & scripts were played straight. 4) Green Hornet was much cooler than Batman, even though he had some great gadgets: revolving garage floor, hornet sting; which could send a shockwave to push away a gun or open a locked door, a stopwatch, which sent a vibration (like a beeper) to the D.A.'s glasses, The Black Beauty, a rolling arsenal with missiles, satellite imagery, radar and many other features (brooms that wipe away treadmarks from the car!) Kato had nunchakus, and Hornet Darts that could impale a gunman's hand when flung fast enough. 5) Like Batman, The Hornet was non-lethal. His gun shot out knockout gas. He was also adept at hand to hand combat. 6)Kato wasn't his sidekick; on the show, they were played as equals, even though Kato posed as Reid's valet. 7)A few people actually knew who the Hornet was; his secretary Lenore "Casey" Case, and the district attorney. For all of you unfamiliar with the Hornet, try checking out some episodes on YouTube or try to find a collection online or at a convention. I think you'll be impressed.

  • July 15, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    It's a relic. I don't think it will translate well. Plus, seth rogen??? come on dude-wakeup! there going for a comedy.THAT'S mostly what sucks.

  • July 15, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Watch Darren Arrofonsky's HOBO-COP(tm) instead.

  • July 15, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    In the direction this is going they cast Ken Jeong

    by skimn

    and he can played as gay and annoyed.

  • July 15, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    George Clooney

    by LandonSmith

    Was talked about being the green hornet back in 1996.

  • July 15, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    SONY: Stephen Chow will not Play Kratos!!

    by Johnno

    But they might get Jet Li instead who... seems it's hard to find white martial artists around that can swings things balleticly from chains and look like one of the members from System of a Down...

  • July 15, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    What a disappointment.

    by Darkman

    Stephen Chow directing and playing Kato...I was genuinely excited for this movie. Now, I could care less.

  • July 16, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Mark Dacascos would be a cool Kato

    by Meretean

    I still have visions of his amazing skills in Drive. Mark's fight in the bedroom:

  • July 16, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Devon Aoki

    by keter

    That is all.

  • July 16, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    SONY: Stephen Chow will not Play Kano!!

    by Johnno

    Mortal Kombat 3 will remain in development hell...

  • July 17, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Steven chow

    by Doitnowimhere

    must bow.....2 us all

  • July 17, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Kimbo Slice for Kato

    by Kaladrax

    Kimbo's gotta eat....and yes I am kidding.

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