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Seth Rogen Gives Us A Huge GREEN HORNET Update!

Beaks here...

Contrary to the anonymous emails that turn up in my inbox every other week, THE GREEN HORNET is not dead. In fact, according to producer/co-writer/star Seth Rogen, it's closer to actual, physical production than it's ever been. They're building sets! They're actively hunting for a new Kato (to replace Stephen Chow)! They've got multiple screenplays! In talking with Rogen at this past weekend's FUNNY PEOPLE junket (full interview comin' post-Comic Con), I got the sense that they've yet to settle on the tone of the film - which is strange/precarious for a movie that's this close to principal photography. You'll see what I mean when you read the below excerpt from our interview, but it sounds like the casting of Kato will be key to determining the movie's personality. That said, the fact that Michel Gondry is not reigning in his visual style signals to me that THE GREEN HORNET will likely be his movie at the end of the day. And I'm okay with this. Especially if they do the right thing and cast Robert Loggia as Kato. Here's Rogen candidly answering my GREEN HORNET inquiries.

Mr. Beaks: I keep getting emails from some guy who's trying to play the role of hollywood insider on GREEN HORNET. He keeps trying to feed me information, and he is consistently wrong.

Seth Rogen: Yeah? (Laughs)

Beaks: He's always trying to tell me the movie is dead. And I'm like, "I'm pretty sure it's not!"

Rogen: No, we're building sets! There's more people working on the film every day! They traditionally don't spend millions and millions of dollars on movies that are dead. (Laughs)

Beaks: Just know there's someone out there trying to kill your movie via email.

Rogen: There are tons of people doing that. (Laughs)

Beaks: So where are you with the casting of Kato?

Rogen: We are reading many, many people from all over the globe, and it is a wild adventure. We're just looking everywhere, honestly. We're looking at people who are really famous overseas, and we're looking at people who are completely unknown. We're looking at people who are American. We're looking at people who are martial arts experts. We're also looking at people who don't do any martial arts, and who do Broadway and are actors. We know what we want. And there's some wiggle room. We're the type of writers who can easily adapt the roles to whoever is playing it. We've done that on every movie we've ever written. But we know how we want the relationships to work, and so someone needs to fill that general role. It's been really interesting, I can say that. You meet these people, and you're like, "You are clearly famous in Korea! I can see from 100 feet away that you are the most famous person in whatever country you're from!" (Laughs) And I just feel bad that we make them read with us.

Beaks: I just figured you guys put an immediate call out to Ernie Reyes, Jr.

Rogen: (Laughing) Yes, exactly! Anyone who's seen TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 knows that that guy can kick some ass.

Beaks: About the writing of the script, you've talked about tone before, but it sounds like Kato is the serious role and you're handling more of the comedy.

Rogen: Honestly, there have been different versions of it. There are versions where we've had more comedically-inclined people in mind for the role - and in that version, it was a tit-for-tat type of relationship. There have also been versions where we've been forced to confront "This guy doesn't speak any fucking English!" That obviously changes their relationship a little bit. That means it would be a lot more on me to be the person who drives the scenes verbally. These are all just things that have been discussed during the endless hours of talking about this movie. Obviously, there are different versions. And they're all written. We've been writing this movie for a long time. But until we find the absolute perfect person [for Kato], we'll... just keep looking! There have been some people we've seen who we think might be the perfect person, but we're just not sure yet.

Beaks: You've had all of these different versions of the script, but now that you've got Michel Gondry on board - and he's evidently going to mute his style for this movie-- (Rogen bursts into laughter) Oh, so he's not going to mute his style! Perhaps he was just talking a good game on that?

Rogen: (Laughing) Exactly. I mean, I feel like people who are fans of his won't feel let down by what they see. We're encouraging him to make it as visually exciting and inventive as anything anyone has ever seen. We're fans of these types of movies when they're done well. We think that we can handle the story and the script and the dialogue, but we know nothing about cameras and lights and fancy ways of making things look amazing. And that's what he's better at than anyone in the world pretty much. So we're encouraging him to really go for it. If he considers what he's doing on this muted - which may be the case - then I can't imagine what he first came into it thinking. But we've been having an amazing time with him. He's so funny and so collaborative. We really work well together, I think - me, him and Evan. It's just been a lot of fun.

Beaks: I'm just glad to hear he's making a Michel Gondry film and not, like, a Shawn Levy film.

Rogen: Not at all. He's incapable of it. As much as he'd like to think he could do that, he just can't. (Laughs) There is a limit to his abilities in that capacity.

For more on THE GREEN HORNET... um, see you at Comic Con?

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  • July 19, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • July 19, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Seth, No One Fucking Cares

    by ScottinDC

    Seriously just aren't funny. And this project is an epic fail before production has even begun. Flush this it before your name has the further stink of failure attached to it. That is all.

  • July 19, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg


  • July 19, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by gnarwhal_evan

  • July 19, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by torpor_haze

    are you guys babbling about?

  • July 19, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    He isn't going to chuckle like that in the movie is he?

    by jimmay

    Oh that's right, he does that in every film.

  • July 19, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST




  • July 19, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I Agree

    by Bladernner79

    No-one wants to see that ugly flabby Jew playing an action hero. no matter how much weight he loses he still looks a piece of fucking veal. when will he and that other fat fucking mess Jonah hill just go away, and take Micheal cera with them.

  • July 19, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap


  • July 19, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Gee. Just great. Another crappy superhero movie.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Well, what else has Hollywood have to offer?

  • July 19, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    It'll be genius or shite

    by Lance Rocke

    either way, it won't be boring

  • July 19, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I'm not looking forward to Green Hornet

    by ganymede3010

    Seth, please don't waste your time and ours with this shit.

  • July 19, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    this one is going to show the Spirit how its done

    by pipergates

  • July 19, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    you guys are idiots.

    by 35MinutesAgo

    99% of talkbackers nowadays are complete dumbass shit-talking douche bags. nobody even bothers to form arguments anymore, you just say dumb shit for the sake of saying dumb shit. it's MICHEL FUCKING GONDRY, you stupid assholes. i give a fuck that stephen chow dropped out. he was flaky about the whole project from day one, and there isn't any credible evidence to suggest that his departure had anything to do with the potential quality of the project. just shut the fuck up, you whiny fucking pricks. your collective credibility is zero.

  • July 19, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    Sure it'll be garbage..

    by ShogunMaster

    but considering the shit pile that we got for Summer Blockbusters this year, we'll already be acclimatised...

  • July 19, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    that said, i'm excited to see this move forward

    by 35MinutesAgo

    you fucking morons.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    good way to start out

    by drturing

    making fun of asians and indicating that there aren't any asian actors who can speak english! i bet you they met with rain. they should try daniel wu.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Go with DYNAMITE and Kevin Smith

    by Solrider77

    And have Kato be a woman. Lucy Liu and Kelly Hu immediately come to mind.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Rogen: I make Sandler look like Brando(Laughs)

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • July 19, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    The Muppets

    by ZooTrain

    Is that Muppet project still moving forward? I haven't heard anything in a while. I hope so.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    you're a dumbass shit-talking douche bag. If you already know how these talkbacks go on this webpage, then why get upset about it? You think you're rebuke will change the nature of the people that post here? Go post your comments on green-hornet-won', you moron...

  • July 19, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Kill this bitch already, please.

    by Raymar

  • July 19, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    35MinutesAgo is looking for buttplug from Seth!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Thats why he acting like a fucking cunt!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Make it a comedy movie about making a movie,kinda like that Steve Buscemi flick LIVING IN OBLIVION. Only by making fun of how horrible this movie would turn out, y'know, getting ahead of the curve, would make this anywhere near an interesting and worthwhile project.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    the project was cancelled? please!

    by Orionsangels

  • July 19, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Who the hell is Stephen Chow?

    by cococommander

    Okay, I just looked him up. Who the hell cares about Stephen Chow!!!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet Couldn

    by nexxus7

  • July 19, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by Hellbastardo

    I'm with ya man but it's no use. The assholes took over these boards long ago .Not that they are all assholes but goddamn if it's not a giant chunk of em.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I thought Michel Gondry was talkbacker-proof...

    by BadMrWonka

    isn't he in the elite club of people so talented even the incessantly negative and whiny talkbackers can't hate on him?<p>guess not. hate on, haters!<p>and just for chuckles, those of you hating on this project (without having read a script, scene a single image, or even knowing the entire cast) can you name me something recently you HAVE enjoyed? just so we can see...because, no offense. I think a lot of us calmer talkbackers that have been here a while think that all the kids screaming their intense hatred for a MOVIE THAT HASN'T BEEN MADE YET, are usually a couple tacos short of a combo meal. I'd be happy to be proven wrong, however.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by 35MinutesAgo

    i'm SO THANKFUL that i'm not either of you. it must<p> fucking<p> suck

  • July 19, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow was awesome in KUNG FU HUSTLE

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Great movie.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Ken Jeong?

    by T$$$$$

    he's in all the other movies with Seth Rogen and he was great in the hangover! Aside from maybe being too old he'd be perfect for Kato!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Most famous person in Korea: He's getting RAIN?

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Stephen Colbert's arch nemesis Korean pop sensation RAIN? Fuckin-A!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    i hope he makes Green Hornet GOOD

    by CornsilkSW

    I went back and tried to rewatch some of the old episodes of Green Hornet, and not even a young hot and awesome Bruce Lee could save it from being boring.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet Couldn't Even Make it on TV

    by nexxus7

    I think it lasted a season. It probably has a core audience of less than 100,000 people. What studio would seriously bankroll this. And they don't even have a script or a tone in mind!?! All they have is Seth Rogan, and despite what he might think or want, his fans will want Seth Rogan style comedy. Not Seth Rogan trying to stretch himself as a leading man. The Green Hornet was another square-jawed hero archtype. Now Rogan could lose weight, get with a trainer and bulk up, but why? If the studio wanted a leading man they'd hire any of the 50 current leading man types out there. And Rogan ain't on that list. The only way this might work would be to make it a comedy with a noir look and set it back in the 40s/50s when guys wore fedoras, could have an Asian chauffeur, and the Black Beauty was cool. Kato should be the man, fighting with a style no one recognizes (they need an actor who can channel Bruce Lee and maybe add in some wire fu). The women could be smoking hot in tight skirts and big hair. Rogan's GH could be somehow thrown into this role as a reluctant or smart-alecky hero who lets Kato do the actual fighting, but then takes the credit and gets the fame and the girls. If they try to do this serious, it will be another unwatchable Spirit clone. And don't try to do the Frank Miller art direction.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Well, if Firefly made it to a movie, anything can

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 19, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I'm fuckin MAD!

    by srh1son

    I hate all movies! I wish theaters would just close! And my tv wouldn't work! And my internets! And my imagination! There's so much out there in the world to discover and then hate with a venemous fervor.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by srh1son

  • July 19, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    'Multiple sceenplays'!?! Wow, that means...

    by MaxTheSilent

    ...that thins movie will be even more times as awesome and that. can't wait to see it. I'm sure the many varying tones will only mean that this movie satisfies every quadrant on the studio's marketing scale!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    No one fucking cares

    by ScottinDC

    Virtually no one has even the most remote amount of interest in this bullshit. It's DOA....sad that Seth Rogen (who is almost supernaturally unfunny) would even consider being attached to a film that, prior to pre-production, is already an epic mongolian clusterfuck. There HAS to be better ideas out there. Someone make something original and good for the love of God.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen should write a book!

    by srh1son

    So I can hate it too! I hope this film is sucessful in spite of this hate, so sequels can be made and I can hate them too! Wait, there are other actors in Hollywood? I hate them too! I hope they do stuff that I can hate!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    That way, I can hate myself a little less.

    by srh1son

    That's right, I said it, bitches.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    The only thing lamer than hating on every movie

    by jimmay

    is someone hating on people who hate on every movie. Seriously, what's with the positivity police here lately? If you want absent-minded bobble head positivity, go hang out with the twelve year olds on imdb who think ever movie's gonna be awesome! <p> Its like Up With People got a talkbacker account or something.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Kato is the key.

    by Lashlarue

    Who gives a shit about the Green Hornet? Kato is the real badass!

  • July 19, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    This movie is going to rock!!

    by jimmay

    It's going to be awesome, I can't wait! Hooray for movies! Flickering images make me happy! I hope there's dialogue and sequences, those are my favorite!! <p> There, happy?

  • July 19, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    This Film is going to be an Action /Comedy

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    It always WAS going to be an action comedy. They tried to get Stephen Chow, who's adept at both action and comedy. He skipped out for whatever reason. Rogen is losing weight and getting in shape for the role. This project was dead as a doornail before Rogen came along. He's doing everything he can to keep it afloat and appease you geek bitches and you still whine like a stuck pig about everything he does.<br /><br />YOUR OPINIONS DON'T MATTER. This summer's box office has DEFINITIVELY PROVEN THAT ONCE AND FOR ALL.You thought Iron Man and The Dark Knight's box office made you kingmakers. But people went to see Wolverine and Star Trek and Transformers DESPITE your disapproval. If this film is successful, you will have had NOTHING to do with it. And if it isn't successful, it won't be because you told your imaginary friends not to go see it.<br /><br />FLAME ON all you want. You KNOW I'm RIGHT.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa

    by bigbadbua

    Only guy for Kato.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Jimmay- The only thing lamer than hating on people who hate

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    the movies. Is hating on the people who hate the people who hate the movies. Arrrghh! Where does it end? LOL. Seriously, I hear ya. I've said what you've said in a couple of TB's but it does no good. Every TalkBack there's always a few people who say something to the effect of,"Whiny bitches, waaah! Go back to your Mom's basement, blah blah blah." You just have to come to love it as part of the background noise that is the Wild, Wild West of the AICN TB's.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa. You know it makes sense.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Considering he lost his fuckin' mind directing ONG BAK 2 I'm sure he'd be glad to jump into a Hollywood role tailor-made for him. As much as I've loved Chow Sing-Chi's Hong Kong movies for many years he is not a natural martial artist. And with him not directing I don't see how he could ever come out of this looking as great as he is in his HK work.

  • July 19, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    can I just hate everything?

    by srh1son


  • July 19, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    even my attempts at sarcasm

    by srh1son

    I hate them.

  • July 19, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    "positivity police"

    by 35MinutesAgo

    more like "SAY SOMETHING FUCKING RELEVANT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE police"... there's such a finite percentage of people on here anymore who say anything even REMOTELY interesting or intelligent in the talkbacks, and lame redundant trolls are cluttering up the boards and sending anyone who isn't at least half-braindead screaming into the hills.<p> and PLEASE attempt to explain how dedicating a post to the assertion that "the only thing lamer than hating on every movie is someone hating on people who hate on every movie" isn't the most hypocritical bullshit on this page right now.<p> please, admins... halt the registrations again. this site is turning into a fucking MTV reality show audience.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa or Rain

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    Only two choices that make sense in my mind.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Building sets for a movie with no definite script?

    by YackBacker

    Yeesh, this sounds like STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. Can anyone say "overbudget?" Do they have a target release date yet? July 2010? Fuck, that's a tight schedule.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I like Seth Rogen.

    by srh1son

    I've had to defend "Pineapple Express" and "Observe and Report" from my friends' criticisms. Here's hoping they do have humor in this, "Funny People" is about as serious as I want to see him (haven't seen it, but it looks a little dour, and intriguing). Looking forward to both.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Clash of The Titans Remake

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I know that COtT is also a hot-button issue and I lean more towards the "why would they fucking bother?" line of thought about it and just about every other remake. <br> <br> That being said, there are new pictures from the set all over the internet. You can wait a few days for the crew at AICN to steal them from another site and post them here like they always do, not bothering to get theor own scoops. Or, if you like, you can swing over to Dark Horizons and see them yourself now. They also have new set pictures from Iron Man 2 and a few other movies that will surely be posted here later this week. <br> <br> That being said, the new COTT picture is of a giant scorpion that from above looks like a rip-off of Transformers; not really boosting my confidence in the movie. <br> <br> As far as Green Hornet? Why does AICN sweat this fucking movie so much? This site ignores 75% of the info out there on movies that everyone really gives a shit about, yet posts every little soundbite and story involving Green Hornet available. Every single time a new post about it comes up and the general response is usually a mix of shrugged shoulders, "Fuck this movie!" and Seth Rogen attacks. <br> <br> Of course, there are always quite a bit of TB'ers showing some level of interest, but for the most part the growing response is not good. <br> <br> Me personally, I don't have a problem with Rogen and find some of his movies genuinely funny and one or two hilarious. Is he what makes them funny? No, but I don;t think he brings the laughs to a screeching halt either. That Observe & Report piece of shit that AICN writers jacked off to was the most uncomfortably unfunny film I have seen in years and another actor wouldn't have saved it. A Seth Rogen superhero? Come on...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    The reaction to this movie is puzzling

    by gooseud

    I'm rarely confused or surprised on here, but this is one of those times. So let me get this straight: Seth Rogen has zero credibility as an action hero. None, zero, nada. At no point has anyone said Rogen, with his lisp,round face, and total lack of anything resembling an air of danger, had any chance to be a credible action hero. According to Rogen, Kato is the key to the film.....yet they havent cast him, lost the guy who was the perfect choice, and dont appear to have the first clue who the replacement would be. In addition, they dont know what the tone of the film will even be. Yet they are plowing ahead with building sets and gettting ready to start filming. Taking these facts into account, somehow AICN TBers are the bad guys for pointing out that this appears to have "Shit Sandwich" written all over it?? WTF? The whiny high-volume defensiveness of the people defending this film almost make me want to yell "PLANT!!".

  • July 19, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    just here to show my support of Kung Fu Hustle

    by future help

    and a Chow sequel is welcome.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    PLANTS will add a nice glow to the set of...

    by srh1son

    The Green Hornet yes. What a thoughtful choice.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by StarchildAD

    Moooooortaaaal Kommmbaaaat! The only thing worse then hating on people who hate on people who hate movies is hating on people who hate on people who hate on people who hate on people who hate movies. i also think sethrogan is titbag on the talkbacks.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Gotta keep it going keep it going full steam

    by srh1son

    too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    My Heart Is Broken

    by Media Messiah

    And I'm not talking about the movie. Some things in life are more in important than movies.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Wah this site is turning into this, it's becoming that

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    chrisakes shut the fuck up 35minutes you vagina.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by gooseud

    Are you Seth Rogen? Im being dead serious, because if you are him, your better off simply engaging the TBers in an intelligent debate rather then just spewing insults. I have yet to hear anything come out of your mouth as far as why a potential viewer SHOULDNT be concerned about a movie that appears to have every pre-production problem under the sun. Look at the evidence, bro. Its like your best friend meets a girl on the internet. He gets a picture of her and she appears to be 300 lbs. His response? "I'm going to withhold judgement". He talks to her on the phone, and she appears to not have graduated the 6th grade. "I'm going to withhold judgement". He talks to people who know her who all claim shes a cheating whore who has defrauded 17 previous suitors. Sometimes, you dont have to wait for the first date to judge a situation. Sometimes, the evidence is what it is.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Seriously does ANYONE care?

    by haters_union


  • July 19, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    all right i'm convinced

    by srh1son

    the movie sounds fucked up. But it's Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen, and I paid to see "Observe and Report" and "Be Kind Rewind" so disaster signs won't really deter me.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    Is the chick you're talking about named Kelly? I think I used to date her...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    that thing about the fat chick was convincing

    by srh1son

    are you saying seth is the fat chick? and I'm withholding judgment. if so, brilliant.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    it's probably b/c i don't have a discerning taste for films.

    by srh1son

    and i ignore warning signs. and the movies here cost 4 bucks to it's pretty cheap entertainment. when it's entertaining.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by compn

    at least seth is spending his time in this crapfest that no one cares about instead of ruining something good. we should encourage this more often.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by jimmay

    I fail to see how my pointing out that bitching about bitching is, in fact, bitching is any more hypocritical than your bitching in the first place. After all, I'm merely making the argument for bitching in the first place. <p> I've been posting here for years, and its always been this way. Yes, its ugly, tired and at times downright childish, but it is what it is. Its a wasteland to be sure, but a damn entertaining one at that. If you're so concerned with the tone of discourse here, please enlighten us, what are your thoughts on the movie? I like Michael Gondry too, but it doesn't mean this movie might not suck. I'm on the fence personally, I just hope Seth Rogen doesn't chuckle through it as he has every film but Observe and Report.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    And plus a masked Asian kicking ass.

    by srh1son

    Seems smart to me.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Mark Dacascos as Kato

    by deadboy1313

    He was great in the TV series Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and he has all the Martial Arts moves down. He would be perfect for the role!

  • July 19, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    shr1son, you're gonna hate me for saying this...

    by FeralAngel

    ...but I love ya man. Your comments nearly made me bust a gut. After sitting through the abomination that was HP6, I needed a good laugh. You're even better than Spongebob. Whom I'm sure you hate too. Thanks dude.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I think all the Seth haters are just mad b/c

    by srh1son

    their horse in the comedic man-child race, Abramham Benrubi, never got the call to drop the weight and wear a green mask. That guy was good at saying and beating up Parker Lewis while being a walking fat joke and making old people chuckle during "ER", but that's it.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    speaking of rogen

    by Timahh

    He got pretty worked on entourage tonight. Something about being an ugly bastard.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    EAT NOW is what he said on Parker Lewis

    by srh1son

  • July 19, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Entourage is still on?

    by srh1son

    Yes, I am now a talkbacker. That insult is an oldie, but a goodie.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Daniel Dae Kim

    by CherryValance

    Sawyer already cast the damn role for you. Cripes. Just get rolling so Seth can finally have a sammich.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I actually like the idea

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Of making Kato a hot asian chick like Kelly Hu. Then Green Hornet can be the bumbly idiot a la Get Smart. That's the only thing they could do to pique my interest. Otherwise this film will fail and fail again.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Robert Loggia as Kato???!!!???

    by jdolph

    Unless there's another Robert Loggia out there, why are you calling for an 80 yr old for this part????I'm totally baffled by that...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Jason Scott Lee as Kato?

    by srh1son

    He already played Bruce Lee in that biopic from the early 1990s? They did a send-up of The Green Hornet in that movie that was pretty funny. Where Kato kicked the bad guys' asses while GH was tied up and saying "Yeah Kato. Good job Kato." Dragging a funny bit out for 90 minutes is the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by yiannis

    I'm used by now to random spewings of unwarranted, misdirected bile on this website, but this might be beyond my understanding:<br><br>First of all, this isn't the new Michael Bay or Brett Ratner movie. We're talking about a genuinely talented and genuinely ORIGINAL director in Gondry. People bitch and moan about the endless slew of identikit films coming out of Hollywood (seriously, every single one of the recent horror remakes could have been made by the same director - same goes for 99% of rom-coms), so surely any new movie from one of the very few directors that can honestly boast a unique style should be a cause for celebration?<br><br>Secondly, I am well aware of the potential irony in going on about originality while defending a remake, but I don't think this applies here. Beyond the curio value of introducing Bruce Lee to a wider audience, I don't think too many people care for the original. That means you don't have hordes of fanboys complaining that Wolverine isn't dressed in yellow, or demanding Venom's inclusion in a film that didn't need him. Without the pressure to cave in to fanboy demands, a filmmaker gains the freedom to take creative risks with a property, shaping it into the film he wants to make, rather than the film the audience expects to see. Given who the filmmaker is in this case, surely that freedom is yet another cause for celebration?<br><br>Thirdly, while I am in no way a fan of Seth Rogen's recent comedy movies, I find it a tad odd that people are simultaneously lambasting his "usual" style, but also ripping into him for wanting to try something different. So, is every single person in Hollywood forever condemned to repeat the same shit for the rest of their careers? I guess, then, that Spielberg should never have been allowed to make Schindler's List? Or Peter Jackson should have kept doing splatter movies instead of making LOTR? Maybe Gary Oldman should have kept playing bass players from punk bands for the rest of his career, or maybe Johnny Depp should have only appeared in horror movies as one of the victims? Continually changing and evolving is the key to a successful and engaging career in Hollywood, whether in front of or behind the camera. Anyone that churns out the same stuff over and over again quickly becomes boring, so are you honestly criticising Seth Rogen for NOT wanting to do the same shit all over again? Maybe you doubt his ability to pull it off, which is fair enough, but give the poor fucker a chance! If it goes wrong, the only thing that will suffer is Seth Rogen's career, so he's the one taking the risk, not you!<br><br>Finally, while this has already been said, how in the name of fuck do you justify calling a movie shit before cameras have even rolled?! Let me give you a little English lesson here. If it comes after the fact, it is called "an opinion". If it comes before the fact, it is called either "bias" (positive) or "prejudice" (negative). It is simply not logically possible for ANYONE to have an "opinion" about this movie yet, so all you are doing when criticising this film is showing how prejudiced you are. I don't care whether it's Rogen's films you're against, or the original show, or whether you're just anti-semitic. Prejudiced people are not worth the effort it takes to spit in their faces.<br><br>How about, as a new and novel approach, watching the movie FIRST and THEN deciding whether you like it or not?! Anyone? Fuck, it's just me!<br><br>If none of that appeals to what little reason you have, or if you can't be fucked to read this entire rant, I leave you with this:<br><br>Behind door number one, the new film by acclaimed director Michel Gondry, featuring healthy doses of kung fu, comedy and creative risks from all concerned.<br><br>Behind door number two, Michael Bay's Transformers 3.<br><br>Choose...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    by SoylentMean

  • July 19, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    OOOOOH, phantom post....

    by SoylentMean

  • July 19, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    The Green Hornet was camp even on radio

    by FeralAngel

    My dad had a collection of old radio shows on tape, and I remember hearing a Green Hornet broadcast. Pretty cornball. Now you might think ALL old-time radio dramas were cornball, but not true. Inner Sanctum (a spooky show, ancestor of Twilight Zone and suchlike) was pretty good, and so was Gangbusters , a show about cops and robbers. And even The Shadow could be pretty good, at least the ones in my dad's collection were. I remember one ep where the Shadow was visiting a condemned prisoner just before he was executed. Pretty good acting. Gave me chills. Anyway, Green Hornet isn't the best choice to adapt for the big screen. Even if it's meant as a comedy. ESPECIALLY if it's meant as a comedy. A Seth Rogen comedy. Gak, I got chills again...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    The GH gets to fuck Kato at the end?

    by srh1son

    I already feel funny in my pants.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Building sets right now but

    by welsh12uk

    they're still working on a script? What are these sets? A plywood car? Is Seth building them in his back yard with the nextdoor neighbor's 10 year old kid? LOL! The TV show sucked but the idea had great potential so I hope Seth Rogan can give the movie it's potential. I'm a Seth Rogan fan but I had to bust his chops on the whole set talk.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    can they still that trick from the old Batman series

    by srh1son

    where the villain's lair was always filmed at an angle and lit with vibrant colors to seem menacing? that could be fun.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    By the way, I'm not saying this film will be great...

    by yiannis

    It could well be a big steaming turd of a film with an uneven tone, crappy script and appalling casting and prove not only that Bruce Lee is irreplaceable but that the original show got canned for a good reason, but I'll take a chance on a film like this a hundred times over rather than watch, say, Shrek 4...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    The problem with your argument, yiannis,

    by jimmay

    is that there aren't just two doors. There are thousands of them. Personally, until I see a reason to feel otherwise about door #1, I'll probably ignore it. And seeing as how I didn't open door #2 when Transformers 1 or 2 were behind it because of my very justified prejudice against Michael Bay films, I won't be opening that door either. <p> No, I think I'll choose instead to open some of the other thousands of doors open to me in the future as far as seeing movies goes. . .

  • July 19, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by yiannis

    Fair point, although taking me a tad too literally perhaps?<br><br>Anyway, saying "I have no reason to want to see this film" is light years away from saying "I don't want to see this film because I've already decided I'm gonna think it's shit and not like it"...

  • July 19, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Just give it to fuckin RAIN already...

    by JasonGrey

    - The man already had tons of exposure to American audiences through Stephen Colbert. - One of the biggest entertainers in all of Asia - The Wachowskies can't seem to get enough of him - He's gonna kick all kinds of ass in Ninja Assasin - He's definately got the acting chops to do both serious and comedy Oh... and lastly! - Megan Fox wants to date him It's a freakin no-brainer in my opinion

  • July 19, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Damn you ScriptGirl!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    GOD DAMN YOU TO HELL!<P> Where is the Hobbit news at? <P><P>The nerds here don't care about The Hobbit?

  • July 19, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Gondry and Rogan swede The Dark Knight.

    by Flim Springfield

    It would probably be better than the real one.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Oh I understand what you were saying,

    by jimmay

    and let me be clear, I think worlds more of anything done by Gondry as opposed to Bay or Emerich, but the concept simply isn't one that interests me, at least not yet. I wasn't terribly interested when Smith was attached, and I'm not too interested now. If it gets made, has strong buzz and gets a good reaction from people I trust I'll check it out, but until then, color me bored by the idea. <p> I guess there is a big difference between saying that and "this is going to suck," but on ocassion, I go there as well, For instance, considering the premise and Emerich's track record, I'll be flatly amazed if '2012' doesn't suck. Call it prejudice, but every other film he's made, especially his disaster films, has been absurd, at best.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Warner Bros Seeking Writers For Adam Strange and Aquaman Movies

  • July 19, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by ChoclateWoman

    FACT. No fisting rights for you, seth. Ever. I've can fit alot down there but I think the fatness of your fat fucking fist has defeated me.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    why does this site have a hard on for Green Hornet?

    by BMacSmith

    it reeks of The SHadow, The Phantom, and THe Spirit.<p>but i like Seth, the rest of you guys can eat a dick.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    btw, fuckheads, is there a comedian out there you DO like?

    by BMacSmith

    and dont say that idiot Sasha Cohen. he sux and you know it.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by Hellbastardo

    There is big difference between being critical and being an asshole dude and you fucking know it.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    It's like the good man said himself...

    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    "nerds on aint it cool just love to bitch"

  • July 19, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Mark Dacascos FTW

    by StarchildAD

    Mark Dacascos, I met the guy. He is a really nice person. Hes also married to the costar chick from Crying Freeman. I think Mark should get more work and this would be perfect. He is good looking, VERY charismatic, and hes got the attitude to pull this off. Make it happen.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Seth McFarlane or Seth Green should do it instead

    by lockesbrokenleg

    At least it would be entertaining.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Seriously, does that guy ever say anything with following it up with that mouth-breather laugh of his (laughs)

  • July 19, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by srh1son

    made me laugh even more than my comments.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    this does not sound good

    by drturing

    building sets but no finished script... seth dude, watch 'be kind rewind'. and also, yes, there are some asian actors who speak fluent english who know martial arts. in case you didn't fucking notice, hong kong was a formerly british colony. oh yeah and in asia people tend to be bilingual.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I hate her and I hate you and I hate

    by srh1son

  • July 19, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    seth rogen laughed at asia

    by srh1son

    you have a framed asia poster?

  • July 19, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow on casting "Green Hornet"

    by drturing

    "You meet these people, and you're like, "You are clearly famous on the Upper East Side! I can see from 100 feet away that you are the most famous person amongst neurotic jews who would never get to bang Katherine Heigl in real life" (Laughs) And I just feel bad that we make them read with us."

  • July 19, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Please don't cast Charlene Yi

    by drturing

    please. please.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    her and micael cera dress up in costumes

    by srh1son

    and go bowling and notice the camera is filming them. he then dumps her for a white girl. racist. and darkest superhero movie ever.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    New Twilight Zone The New Movie

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    According to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, and Warner Bros. are moving forward with a movie version of TZ. Writer Rand Ravich (who has directed the forthcoming The Astronaut's Wife and is creator NBC's recently-canceled Life) is penning the screenplay. No word yet on whether or not the film will be a remake of an episode of the classic series or an original tale.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogan is an acting/writing God

    by Seth_Rogans_Hairy_Breasts

    In his own mind.<br> <br> Outside it, the World knows he's a twat.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    They have multiple screenplays!

    by Sparksy


  • July 19, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Does anyone actually want a Green Hornet movie?

    by AJD_1

    Isn't this going to be like all the TV series remade into movies in recent years (e.g. Get Smart, Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky and Hutch etc), i.e. completely rubbish and superfluous? Wouldn't it be best if they just left it alone?

  • July 19, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    It sounds like such a cluster fuck.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Great things are occasionally born from cluster fucks, key word is occasionally. This has a 20% chance of rocking, 80% is a lot of room to fall down in. Those figures of official incidentally.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Go fuck a goat!

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 19, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Fucking a goat will be in Seth's next movie...

    by Seth_Rogans_Hairy_Breasts

  • July 19, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Rogen, have you talked to Jonah about his weight yet?

    by YackBacker

    Or his terrible acting? These two things will eventually derail him.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    no one cares

    by Castiel

    its true.

  • July 20, 2009, midnight CST

    yiannis said everything I should have said.

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    And did it with less venom and TITBAG STYLE CAPSLOCK!<br /><br />And when Seth says they're still working on the script I think it's fairly obvious they're deciding how much and what kind of DIALOGUE Kato will have based on the actor they get to play him.<br /><br /> They're probably following the RUSH HOUR model where The Green Hornet will have most of the memorable lines and Kato will only speak when he needs to and spend the rest of his time in fights and action sequences. They aren't just going to stick some random Asian actor in there and say, OK Be Kato. They're trying to TAILOR the script for whoever they decide to go with. A Stephen Chow Kato would obviously be different from a Tony Jaa Kato or an unknown Wow Who is That Guy? Kato.<br /><br />Seth obviously wants someone with personality he can play off and improvise with. In the RUSH HOUR films it's sometimes obvious that Jackie Chan is completely oblivious to what Chris Tucker is saying. I don't mean his character. I mean the actor himself. Seth needs to have creative chemistry with whoever plays Kato or the film REALLY won't work.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah, nobody really cares about Green Hornet

    by YackBacker

    There's no cultural context for it now. Are Asians that exotic? I got over Asians in 5th grade. We're a diverse culture now. No need to play up this "Kato don't speak English" crap. This is a dated concept... like GET SMART.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    BMac re: Comedians

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Ricky Gervais=brilliant

  • July 20, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    35 Minutes Ago...

    by vettebro

    Look Seth. Just make a really good movie for a change. That's all we are asking for. We "the movie goers", are tired of this crap Hollywood is putting out. I know I AM!

  • July 20, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by vettebro

    Spot on. This will be the next "Get Smart".

  • July 20, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    (laughs) Exactly!

    by GunterMonkey


  • July 20, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST


    by 35MinutesAgo

    as far as this particular story goes, i don't have much to say about it. after all, it's still in pre-production, and the leads aren't even fully cast. if you seek evidence of my constructive contributions to the talkback community, you can find examples aplenty in various other TBs on this site. <p> the nature and content of my posts on this page are the first and only of their kind in my talkback career, and so shall they stay. i said what i said because, upon reaching the talkback section after finishing the story, i saw that nearly every one of the first dozen or so posts were just more of the same useless shit-talk by TBers whose names i've never even seen before, and unfortunately that kind of shit has become the trademark of these talkbacks and this site as a whole. it's fucking irritating and useless, and if i feel like calling these trolling-ass know-it-all-before-anything-even-get-started douche bags what they are when they come around my neighborhood, then that's what the fuck i'm going to do.<p> i don't give a shit about green hornet. i do give a shit about this site, and it's going down the toilet real fucking fast.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Hey Cococommander!

    by CZ

    Who the hell is Stephen Chow? Kung Fu Hustle. Shaolin Soccer. GO! RENT! NOW!!

  • July 20, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Seth. Do not muck around with the Kato casting.

    by hallmitchell

    I don't want this movie pulled. Yet I feel if you dither on this casting you could have your movie cancelled. Just look at Justice League.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    "We have to find a china-man who has no opinion about his role"

    by Professor_Monster

    "And he also has to make a former fat non-funny Jew look like a hero" Fuck this movie

  • July 20, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    ScottinDC, I care!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    and lots of people care. Your foolishness is thinking the talkbackers are the only readers of the site. Man, it's a very small percentage. But while we are on the subject of caring, the only one who cared a little bit about your opinion enough to address you direct is me and even I'm bored of that now...that's your cue to fuck off.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    i agree

    by ZombiManos

    ...with most of the calm talkbackers here...i've been coming to this site since 1998 and it never ceases to amaze me the pure bile that some people muster up for people they don't know...if there is that amount of anger in your life then i pity your friends and family with having to deal with you... but then it makes me laugh too...because i'm much happier then you...

  • July 20, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Rogen as the lead <br> + Chow dropping out <br> + Gondry obviously on crack to be attached to this in the first place <br> + C-list superhero <br> = A sea of red flags <br> <br> This movie must be stopped. If it doesn't get released in the next few weeks I will have already forgotten about it by the time it premieres.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    The 60's version was retitled "Kato"

    by Dingbatty

    when shown in Asian countries. Bruce Lee in this role was a revelation to those audiences. So...any Asian actor/martial artist will be mightily intimidated to dare fill those shoes. That, and contemporary Western-style humor goes over like a lead balloon, there. Probably why Chow backed out.<p>The best fix: ditch the script. For a rewrite, hire Matt Fraction for pulp weird fantasy/martial arts (have you read his run on the recent "The Immortal Iron Fist"?!), and/or Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer of Venture Bros. fame (they know their stuff regarding pulp and jet age genre, and are clever, erudite, and funny as heck, pardon my French).<p>As for the Kato role, you will need a martial artist who is a force of nature. Rain has the looks and the athleticism, but I've not seen enough of him to know if he gives off that sort of vibe.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST

    I think Ernie Reyes Jr would be an excellent choice

    by ThePilgrim

    I know he's busy with the new TMNT flick, and I'm glad his name is back on peoples brains. He has the look he has the skill. Remember Jackie Earl Haley was delivering pizzas a few years back. I think Ernies problem is that no one let him escape that cute sidekick tone he started his carear with as a kid. He was a whole different character in the Rundown. I did not reconize him. He should get a chance at this. Him or "Crotch Plants You All" Tony Jaa- just donlt upset the Jaa, or he will run away into the woods to practice black magic. You don't want a gestated 2 month trained black magic crotch plant to the face. The Jaa is never wrong.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST


    by Movies4dummies

    Right, so since i saw that almost every answer that came from Seth was followed by (laugh) (surprised). Anyways, so i decided to look up a clip of that laugh of his and after everytime the interview said (laugh) i played the clip and it actually made the read bareable (spellcheck). Think of it as 1 of those children's books with the play-along buttons on the side with a huge picture of his fat face as the button.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    ZombiManos, there is a place for you here

    by Talkbacker with no name

    it's called The Zone. Not only do they talk movies and the news stories there, but most of the time it's coherent and much fun. I haven't been in a while, but all this depressing hate in these talkbacks has prompted me to go back in with the real geeks and fans of film.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by 35MinutesAgo

    FUNNY shit-talk is a-okay. it's long been a staple of the talkback diet. but just saying "this movie's going to suck" in slightly different words is just useless and retarded.<p> and i wasn't bitching. i was calling douche bags douche bags. one outburst in six or seven years ought to be more than tolerable, considering how many fucktard idiots there are around here and how hard it is not to blast the everloving shit out of them on a daily basis.<p> as stated just below my original post, my opinion on this particular film is that i'm somewhat interested in seeing this develop, but my original post wasn't really specifically about this project, its credibility, or its reception. we're talking about a project that's still in pre-production, for christ's sake. i was referring mainly to the state of affairs in general with the talkbacks, a subject i've never ranted on in all my years of frequenting this site. they've become disturbingly devoid of substance, and right now i happen to be particularly pissed about it. fucking sue me.<p>and if you can't spot the hypocrisy in the statement of yours that i quoted in my previous post, i'm not going to sit here and define the fucking word for you. cheers.

  • I say "comedy" because Seth Rogen is not very funny.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST

    with gondry at the helm i bet it will be fun

    by ThePilgrim

    Imagine just before a fight breaks The camera zooms in on the Hornet just as he closes his eyes. When he opens them back up again the films pallet get washed out and it looks dated like a 16mm dated 70s flick. Gondry makes fun films. He's the most experimental director around.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Didn't you mean,<P>the GH gets to fuck Kato IN the end!

  • July 20, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty- good idea re: VENTURE BROS.

    by YackBacker

    That type of genre-twist would work here. But you need funny writers like Jackson Publick-- someone with a real sense of irony and satire. I find Rogen too on-the-nose with his comedy- jokes about shitting yourself and jerking off while stoned. There's always a place for that sort of humor, don't get me wrong, but Rogen has yet to show he or his troupe have a satirical wit that this kind of material would benefit from having behind it.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Or......IN HIS END!!!

    by DrMorbius

  • July 20, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST


    by MaxTheSilent

    Fatty Rogan and some douche that ISN'T Tony Jaa... This movie will suck a fat dick.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Plants galore damag control

    by Chief Joseph

    Who in there right mind would be excited for this?<br> Chow walked off of Dragonball and we now can see why. He knows bullshit when he sees it. We're looking at another Dragonball Evolution here, folks.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Is it me

    by darthSaul666

    Or I'm I kinda bewildered as to why you would make something of a campy version of a the ultimate 60's non-campy superhero show.<p> I have to admit....Kato is a big one for me. That was Bruce Lee's big break IMO. We probably would've never heard of Jeet-Kun-Do if Bruce Lee didn't catch a break early on playing a super-hero.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Don't they kind of already do this with the Shanghai Knights mov

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Same premise right?

  • July 20, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Hope the movie poster is a close up of Seth's face..

    by brock landers baby

    ..looking amused and kinda surprised. Like every other fucking poster he's on.

  • July 20, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    brock landers baby, that's not Seth acting in those posters

    by YackBacker

    He's really thinking "Holy fuck! They greenlit another one of my movies? Wow! Now, where's my stash of weed? I talk about weed a lot, I know. And being Jewish. I'm a Jewish pothead, isn't that shit fucking new and fresh?"

  • July 20, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Maggie Q as Kato

    by Hovitos2k

    Make it a comedy. She's a bad ass, and a hot ass. Explain it that she is "Maggie Kato" Kato's totally hot daughter.

  • July 20, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    In deference to rogen actually granting an interview to this sit

    by Mr.LordBronco

    I'm gonna try and keep an open mind... I *really* did not like pineapple express or observe and report-and the new Adam sandler thing-well-I hate Adam Sandler movies as a matter of course. <p> However, the last time an actor director was nice enough to grant us an interview was Sly and rambo-which kicked ass.<p> But Gondry-whaaaattt? uh-shades of speed racer-just...whoah-weird.

  • July 20, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Wu Jing (Jacky Wu)

    by PorkChopXpress

    He's your man, for Kato. Get it right, don't make this shit stupid...the memory of Bruce demands it.

  • July 20, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST


    by JuanSanchez

  • July 20, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    35minago just got raped

    by a_terradactyl

    He said, what-what in the butt. You wanna do in my butt, in my butt. If you want it I can give you power. Just be gental

  • July 20, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by one_guy_from_andromeda_


  • July 20, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    35 minutes AGO = Seth Rogen.

    by ganymede3010

    Holy hell you uptight sensitive son of bitch. Your fucking movie idea stinks. This movie has BOMB written all over it you fat fucking cunt. If you aren't Seth, then please take his dick out of your mouth.

  • July 20, 2009, 4 a.m. CST

    Chow Sing-Chi = Smart motherfucker!

    by MaxTheSilent

    Ditched this pile of shit with Fatty Rogan and that lame frog who ain't shit without a Charlie Kaufman script.

  • July 20, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    With Michael Gondry directing

    by smackfu

    Whether this is a blockbuster or a box office bomb, one thing is for sure, it will be interesting, weird, and probably enjoyable. That being said, what's with all the Seth Rogen hate all of a sudden? I mean I can certainly understand people getting a little sick of him from the sheer amount of movies he's been in lately, but what's with the animosity?

  • July 20, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Remember when Harry said...

    by Bastard_In_A_Blanket

    ... something like this is his most anticipated film that's gonna come out? LOL!! So, you'd rather watch this than AVATAR, INTERSTELLAR, THE HOBBIT, BATTLE ANGEL, INCEPTION, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, BATMAN 3, SUCKER PUNCH, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TINTIN, IRON MAN 2, SPIDER-MAN 4, THE EXPENDABLES, SHUTTER ISLAND... etc???

  • July 20, 2009, 5 a.m. CST


    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    Ya know what's not fresh and new? Your sarcasm. It's dickheads like you that make me not even wanna visit this site.

  • July 20, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    would be the best news for this and Rogen can go on to star in some failing CBS sitcom.

  • July 20, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    who is STEPHEN CHOW???

    by cloudrider`

    and you call yourself moviebuffs? who the fuck is seth rogen? i've seen 4 of his films, and he's unfunny is all of them! <p> that's the problem with you americans. you rarely look beyond your border. and when someone of huge talent comes to your shore, they're relegated to play chauffeur to 2nd rate comedian like rogen. fuck hollywood and those who are clueless about stephen chow! <p> john woo got van damme, ringo lam got van damme, chow yun fat got a first time music director fuqua, jet li has to be paired up by rappers, jackie chan to this day has to be squeezed between two idiots - ratner & tucker. talk about shitty misused of great talents. why asked them to come abroad if you're going to treat them with such disrespect???

  • July 20, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Why NOT Ernie Reyes Jr for Kato? Seriously!

    by D.Vader

    He's played a South American twice in the past now- one of the natives that beats up The Rock in The Rundown, and one of the skull-faced cemetary-protectors in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. <p> Its about time he played an Asian again. I met him back in 2004 and he was very cool, very gracious. Go after him for Kato!

  • July 20, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    No script, no lead actors and they're supposedly millions building sets? No wonder Sony's losing money. They're better off giving that money to someone who knows what the fuck they're doing.

  • July 20, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    This is gonna flop big time.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • July 20, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Is that a problem?

    by stvnhthr

    Starting a movie with no solid script or tone in hand, does not sound like how I would invest millions.

  • July 20, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but I'm far from a ranting TBer

    by gooseud

    Since apparently I'm supposed to go check 35Minutesago AKA Seth Rogen's TB resume or something, allow me to retort with: go check the weekly A$$holes comics column, I'm far far from a ranting douche who hates everything. Honestly, I barely post on here outside that column. However, I felt compelled this time. I mean, I can't believe I'm reading this, but the defenders' argument isn't "Wow this looks awesome, things appear to be going great!!" because clearly that would be absurd (even 35Rogensago doesnt try to make that claim), its: "You shouldnt criticize any movie during the casting and pre-production stages, no matter how badly it appears to be going, or how badly you disagree with the casting choices." Really? Thats your argument? Are you kidding? If that is really what you are trying to claim, then I can safely say, yes you have come to the wrong site. So if word had leaked out that they had cast Usher as the new Green Lantern, I shouldnt express concern because it is in pre-production? Or I SHOULD express concern, but only in a really really nice gentle way, while spooning you and gently rubbing your thighs? GTFO with that. This movie looks like the biggest chinese fire drill in the history of the chinese fire department, and I'm supposed to hold back because.....why, exactly? Because I owe Seth Rogen something? Did he save my life as a child or something? Go and tell the studio marketing department that you work for to scrap this POS before you waste any more money on it. Oh, and FYI, Gondry is awesome, but has he ever directed a big budget action flick? I am going to give you a blast-from-the-past AICN TB quote from back in the day, ready? "Ang Lee is AWESOME!! Has he ever directed a bad movie? NO!! This is ANG FRIGGIN LEE we are talking about here, there is no way Hulk can fail with him at the reins!! So shut up, haters, its gonna be AWESOMEEEEEE!!!"

  • July 20, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by JohnRyder

    -Pineapple Express was very good -I am sorry, but I just unable to hate Seth Rogen. -Gondry is the must "visonary" director. ever. no contest. But he yet have to make a commercialy successful movie -I never heard of Iron Man before the movie and it was grate. It is not necessary the name that sells the movie (it helps) -I just hope they make it like BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA where the side-kick does all the action and hero stuff while the title character all the ego. I will watch it because of Gonry

  • July 20, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    They seem to be overthinking this film considerably

    by wampa_one

    It should be pretty straightforward. STORY FIRST. Walt Disney has been dead for nearly 50 years - you'd think people would have learned from his success.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Rogen's a funny guy but...

    by ZoeFan

    Why does he laugh after 98% of the statements he makes? Honestly, it's like he'll say, "I'm having a peanutbutter and jelly...ha ha ha". Stop laughing.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    The Phantom, The Spirit, The Shadow....

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...this kind of thing hasn't worked yet in the last 20 years of film making. These are great characters but people don't know them (yes, I know YOU know them but Joe and Jo Multiplex don't)and they'd have to make a perfect movie and have a lot of pure luck for this to work.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Dr. Cho for Kato

    by ELGordo

    He's a funny motherfucker.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Feels All Kinds of Wrong ...

    by cowboyone

    Rogen as a superhero? Green Hornet = Lamest Superhero ever (with NO fan base, because they're all dead.) With the exception of Sunshine, Gondry only makes weird, arty B.O. flops. In this risk averse market/environment, why would a studio ever move forward with this?

  • July 20, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    tony jaa

    by palewook

    only name that need to be considered.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Tony's ugly at the best of times. Put a mask on him=fugly.

    by Damien Chowder

    His nostrils could breathe in your whole fists and his fish lips would blow enemies a 100 yards out. I say if Jaa does get the role please cover his whole head, not just the eyes.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    It does feel wrong, and yet I'm curious

    by kafka07

    about what the hell this movie will look like/what tone it will have.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    seth rogen, fifteen minutes... gone

    by Laserhead

    Completely ridiculous to cast this swollen-mouthed porker as The Green Hornet, whether it's supposed to be funny or serious. Rogen's never funny-- the people AROUND him in movies are funny, but he never is. Except in 'Zach and Miri Make a Porno'.<p>Nobody was funny in that movie.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Can't believe a studio is really financing this

    by Laserhead

    At a time when nobody's financing anything but potential blockbusters, because Hollywood's never been more cautious and scared than it is right now. This, some film with multiple scripts which can't even decide on a TONE, about a 'hero' no one in the modern audience knows, with a guy who- except for Knocked Up -has reliably demonstrated himself to be box office poison... this is what somebody wants to invest tens of millions of dollars in???

  • July 20, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    So I guess this will be Seth's final film

    by Series7

    Because there is no way he is going to physically survive making an action movie.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    How come there's never been a

    by Series7

    40 Year Old Virgin 2? Does Apatow hate money? I mean seems easy enough for a direct to DVD crap like all other comedy sequels that get made.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    FYI. In China/HK Chow ranks along side Jackie & Jet Li.

    by Damien Chowder

    Stardom wise. He is one of the big few. Of all of them Chow is the most talented. He is writer, director and star. Most importantly he hasn't sold out like Jackie Chan who is a stupid eastern monkey on an American leash. Green Hornet was a close fecking shave. Chow would have had no input, read the script and said no fecking way! <p> Rain would perfect you know.. He can speak Americanese and does kung fu.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Fuck Peace in the middle East

    by Series7

    Not my fault people beileve in religion.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    David Carradine as KATO!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    It would be like catching lightning in a bottle twice!

  • July 20, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    They should make Jason Statham Kato

    by Series7

    And just have him kicking the shit out of Seth Rogan the whole time.

  • July 20, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Total Recall's Kuato and Kato

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • July 20, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Total Recall's Kuato as Kato!!!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • July 20, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Johnny Depp as Kato

    by Jesiah

    Heck he's Tonto might as well have him be here too.

  • July 20, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The insider posting that the project is dead was....

    by redfist

    StuntCock Mike...

  • July 20, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Ernie Reyes Jr. --fought The Rock in "THE RUNDOWN"

    by JDanielP

    He's a little guy...but tough as nails.

  • July 20, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    (Link to) Ernie Reyes Jr. vs. The Rock

    by JDanielP

  • July 20, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    itsjust_notcool, you ok?

    by YackBacker

    I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by voicing my opinions. I know they can be rough on the more delicate types that show up here. You need a cup of tea? A backrub? Go take a nap, I'll keep an eye on things while you're gone. G'night, sweetheart.

  • July 20, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Eugene Hutz as Kato

    by skoolbus

  • July 20, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Rogen defending the LIPO by keeping movie alive.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    What no one else got that?

  • July 20, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    At this point I'm Rooting for this Movie

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Just to Prove you Haters Wrong.<br /><br />Have fun staying home by yourself watching Eureka and Primeval on SyFy in your Mom's Basement while everyone else is going to see FUNNY PEOPLE the weekend it comes out.<br /><br />And that laughing thing Seth Rogen does in interviews? It's called enthusiasm. And a sense of humor. I realize some of you have had those personality traits surgically removed, but that's no reason to resent other people who still possess them.

  • July 20, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I want to be Kato.

    by surrender2air

    help me out here.

  • July 20, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    silly little fat man...

    by ironic_name

  • July 20, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    nobody loves him...

    by ironic_name

  • July 20, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    The Phantom, The Spirit, The Shadow....

    by ironic_name

    all fun, but the middle one sucked.

  • July 20, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I remain optimistic and hopeful. --Just find your Kato.

    by JDanielP

    If I was a newbie director, this is the type of thing that I would jump in (with both feet) and direct, even with sets already being built. But only after finalizing the story/script and planning for fight choreography. This could be a blast, in both action and comedy!

  • July 20, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by bueno_bob

    I really see this going the same way as The Spirit...just a prediction...

  • July 20, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Ray Parker Jr. as Kato!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    Who ya gonna call?!

  • July 20, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by 35MinutesAgo

    i'm amazed at how poor your reading comprehension skills appear to be. i never called you a ranting talkbacker or anything of the sort. just because you chose to respond to me does not mean that i was talking to or about you in the first place. big fucking difference there. <p>i also did not instruct you to check my 'credentials'. i said that IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR PROOF OF MY CONSTRUCTIVE INPUT IN TALKBACKS (which you brought into question in a previous post), there's plenty out there for the finding. BIG. FUCKING. DIFFERENCE. <p>and for about the fiftieth fucking time, I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE GREEN FUCKING HORNET. how can you so completely fuck up the simple reading and understanding of a paragraph or two? or are you an idiot to begin with?<p> quit trolling the headline talkbacks and go back to your fucking comics boards. and while you're going back to places, stop by fucking fifth grade english class and learn to distinguish "your" from "you're" and "than" from "then". as a matter of fact, have them go ahead and brush you up on how to understand simple sentences, because really, you've completely and utterly failed at comprehending anything i've said thus far, and it's not for a lack of me making sense.<p> i'd take an extra few minutes to fuck with the few nameless idiots who have so scathingly labelled me 'seth rogen in disguise' simply because i chose to have my rant in a green hornet talkback, but their flagrant misspellings, unthinkably poor grammar, and middle school caliber insults pretty much do my work for me.<p> if all you're gonna do on these boards is talk shit, you little pie-fucking scary movie 4 extras, at least step your game up. otherwise, don't even bother crawling out from underneath your boyfriends in the fucking first place.<p>

  • July 20, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    it's also pretty fucking stupid

    by 35MinutesAgo

    to title a post "Sorry, but i'm far from a ranting TBer" and then launch into a meaningless diatribe that takes up half the page.

  • July 20, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    All this and what comes to mind?

    by Cellar Door

    Peter Sellers and Burt Kwouk in 'The Pink Panther Returns' in what is one of the greatest on-screen fights in cinematic history. Even just thinking of that scene makes me laugh...<p>Rogen is a capable writer (come on folks, not to lower the bar but he's hell and gone from the shite of 'Epic Movie', etc) and while I don't the guy, I find his laugh rather nauseating but I think he's got some talent. What I don't think he has is multi-dimensional talent but I'd be happy to be proven wrong (was dramatically and happily proven wrong with Will Smith..rappers CAN be actors, etc).<p>Of course, I couldn't give less than a dried turd about this property. Where's The Brown Hornet when you need him?

  • July 20, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Cellar Door

    by bueno_bob

    I disagree. I don't think Seth Rogen has any talent at all. Everything I've seen out of him is almost absurdly unfunny and just reeks of hack. I think he makes Kevin Smith look like a genius in comparison, so for that I'm glad he's around...

  • July 20, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    To be honest?

    by bueno_bob

    I have YET to laugh at anything Seth Rogen has produced. I've never even chuckled. Watching anything he's behind is almost nauseating. Proof positive that I would have made millions in Hollywood though. Sigh.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Rogen is prentending there's no hate for this project.

    by Orionsangels

    No one wants in Rogen and when it comes out and we don't go see it. You'll realize the big mistake you made, but go on. Keep making this bomb.

  • July 20, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Can Rogen play a different character?

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Seriously. He seems to play the same type of role in every movie he has done. Gets repetitive and old. I wish him well. But it doesn't look good for the future of this film.

  • July 20, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Invisible Target

    by GAH

    They should read the entire cast of Invisible Target for Kato.

  • July 20, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    35MinutesAgo is the first gay internet WhiteKnight

    by drturing

    he's coming to the rescue of poor Seth Rogen instead of some jailbait on myspace. BTW 35mnutesago here is some shit i love: Generation Kill, Up, Generation Kill, Moon, Generation Kill, Harry Potter, Generation Kill, Stephen Colbert, Generation Kill. Shit I even enjoyed the time I spent watching Transformers 2 to be honest. But this sounds like a total clusterfuck, Kick-Ass will flop. Seth Rogen is unbelievably talented but I think this does not sound so good. And yes he's wearing out his welcome by playing the same dude over and over and over. I mean shit, Michael Cera is already over.

  • July 20, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen is the new Pauly Shore

    by Stabby

  • July 20, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Didn't he co-write 40yoV?

    by Cellar Door

    And isn't Rogen part of the Apatow writing crew? I'm not saying it's genius or all 'Animal House' quality but there's some funny shit here and there no? I didn't care for Rogen in knocked up because I simply couldn't suspend my disbelief for one and (2) other than arguing or laughing the guy just stood around and mugged at the camera without looking at it...<p>But the guy's got some writing ability doesn't he? Does Rudd write his own shit cause that guy's god damn hilarious...aren't some of his words from Rogen?<p>The guy's laugh is horribly annoying and an actor he is not but I think he's a capable, if not passable writer.

  • July 20, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    As for Kevin Smith....

    by Cellar Door

    I never did get it...not funny at all. 'Jay' or whatever his name is, is funny-ish and Smith is always putting a naked Joey-Lauren Adams on screen which is undeniably a genius move but otherwise he's incredibly spotty in his comedy relying on the talent of the comedians/actors who speak his script. I even worked at a convenient store for a while and I still never got why 'Clerks' was supposedly the greatest 'independent' fliq of all time.<p>I always saw Smith's talent like a slightly more clever version of old Zucker Bros comedies (Airplane!, Naked Gun, etc) meaning he's got enough for maybe an hours worth of laugh-worthy comedy and then it just gets shit.<p>No accounting for taste I suppose...

  • July 20, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    sad, sad people.

    by 35MinutesAgo

    yeah, this movie might tank.<p> but it will never come close to matching the collective screaming failure of your sad, stupid lives.<p> like i said, i'm glad i'm me and not you fucking people. you really are pathetic excuses for humans.<p>drturing, save your breath. this is not directed at you.

  • July 20, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Hey, who said being the new Pauly Shore is a bad thing?

    by Stabby

    In fact, I think Seth Rogen and Bill Hader should remake Bio-Dome and work their way backwards to Encino Man.

  • July 20, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    The right thing...Robert Loggia....?

    by Mel Garga

    That's what the Tropicana people were thinking when he appeared in their orange juice ads. Very random. No need to qualify that remark with an explanation I guess.

  • July 20, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I see no reason to post in this talkback.

    by TedKordLives

    Yet, here I am.

  • July 20, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Rogen is okay....

    by Shitzngiggs

    I think this could work, although I'm already getting a little tired of the Apatow Crew. Obviously there are a few actors in the Crew who would still be laboring in obscurity if they hadn't been lucky enough to be cast for 'Freaks and Geeks', from then on the whole Hassidic Brigade got a free lunch. Rogen can still carry a performance even if he takes off a few pounds, cause he was never that obese to start with. If Jonah Hill dieted, his fucking career would end (like Newman from Seinfeld). Be careful, if you become famous while fat, you better stay fat. You'll be too weird lookin' if you shed pounds.

  • July 20, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Ya know, they should go with a female Kato: Ziyi Zhang!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Try her out!

  • July 20, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Man ever since that leave Britney alone guy

    by Series7

    There have been tons of followers. I didn't realize he was so cool.

  • July 20, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    no one cares

    by dioxholster

    except AICN

  • July 20, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    This will be Rogan's Wild Wild West..

    by ZodNotGod

    This will suck long and hard. Rogen is too young, too ugly and too fat for the part of a millionaire playboy/crime fighter and Ernie Reyes, Jr is way too short. This damn thing has been in development for at least 15 years. I can remember when George Clooney was going to do it. Ryan Reynolds should do it, but he's playing Hal Jordan so scratch that. Jason Statham can do it- he can do anything!

  • July 20, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    Your ranting says more about you than it does about the "sad, sad people" and "pathetic excuses for humans" you are railing against. <p>

  • July 20, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    Can Statham swallow his own head? <P> Yeah, that's what I thought.

  • July 20, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Why I like Wild Wild West:

    by TedKordLives

    1.Kevin Kline <P> 2.Salma Hayek (Right Breast) <P> 3.Salma Hayek (Left Breast) <P> 4.Kenneth Branagh <P> 5.Steampunk stuff <P> 6.The Score

  • July 20, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Alright, raise your hands if you saw MOON and loved/liked it

    by YackBacker

    I just got back from it and I found it completely disappointing.

  • July 20, 2009, 7 p.m. CST


    by whiskey_dick

    I saw it (about three weeks ago) and thought it was great. Very different from what I expected but still great. Gerty is, in my opinion, the most interesting "robot" character put on film in decades.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    3 weeks

    by whiskey_dick

    I only mentioned seeing it three weeks ago to point out that it's not completely fresh in my mind if you want to discuss specific details, not trying to one-up you.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    Just give Sam Rockwell an Oscar already! Actually, give him two! <P> I was actually a little disappointed by the film itself, but once I realized I went in with huge expectations I was ok with it. Definitely in the Top 3 for the summer.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    whiskey_dick, thanks

    by YackBacker

    Yeah, I got what you meant the first time around. I agree that GERTY was a great aspect of the story, but I guess the movie lost me when (SPOILERS) the two Sams have their first conversation. It seemed so ridiculous that neither of them asked the most immediate questions. I found their entire relationship unbelievable for a good portion of the movie. I'm not saying they needed to write it the way I would have imagined it, I just felt their interaction was artificially conceived for the purpose of dragging out the suspense of the story. And that, more than anything, bounced me out of the movie.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    whiskey_dick, thanks

    by YackBacker

    Yeah, I got what you meant the first time around. I agree that GERTY was a great aspect of the story, but I guess the movie lost me when (SPOILERS) the two Sams have their first conversation. It seemed so ridiculous that neither of them asked the most immediate questions. I found their entire relationship unbelievable for a good portion of the movie. I'm not saying they needed to write it the way I would have imagined it, I just felt their interaction was artificially conceived for the purpose of dragging out the suspense of the story. And that, more than anything, bounced me out of the movie.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    This will take and hold

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    the crown as the worst superhero movie for decades<p> Maybe forever

  • July 20, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Yeah Yackbacker

    by TedKordLives

    Now that you mention it, that prolly was the problem I couldn't put my finger on. Pretty obvious, really...<P> But the 'fight' WAS great.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    TedKordLives, ok so I'm not completely crazy

    by YackBacker

    The fight was good- I agree. And when they finally start working together, the movie got better, but even then it took so damned long for them to get their act together. Rockwell did a fantastic job, but I felt the script was not particularly believable or compelling. I like the concept a lot but the execution didn't work for me.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Fair enough.

    by TedKordLives

    Yeah, I think that if I were in that situation, we'd get on the same page much faster. 'Oh, what's that, Me? You're sad and upset?' SLAP! 'Get over it motherfucker! We gotta figure out what's fucking what!'

  • July 20, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Yep, I felt like I was watching a "movie"

    by YackBacker

    And I mean that in the most uncomplimentary sort of way. I went into it with high expectations- 90% on RT, etc. and all the fanboy love here, I was expecting something that would make me really think. I confess, this bored the shit out of me 80% of the time.

  • July 20, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I'm joining the backlash against the Apatow backlash

    by fastcars

    It's what the REAL cool people are doing!

  • July 20, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Andy Lau would have directed a better movie...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    ...then that fat bastard came along...

  • July 20, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I'll confine my criticisms

    by gooseud

    to the actual movie being discussed. In that regard, I'll reiterate: it looks like a clusterfuck. Chow was dead-on about Dragonball and has no reason NOT to make Green Hornet, so for him to simply roll out certainly doesnt bode well. In fact, if you are looking for the exact tone that this movie SHOULD be, watch any of Chow's films and you'll see it. So therefore, for the ONE GUY who seems to know EXACTLY what this movie should be, and who was pitch-perfect casting for the main role, to simply up and leave seems to point towards an epic bomb of "Land of the Lost" proportions. So if anyone wants to argue THAT point, as opposed to the living or marital arrangements of any of my fellow talkbackers, I'd be happy to take them up on it.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Moon was awesome......

    by gooseud

    when you realize that subconciously, they know everything. Why do none of the previous Rockwells seen on the security vids ever seem to question GERTY as to why they are getting sick? or what to do about it? Why does Rockwell#2 seem utterly unsurprised that Rockwell #1 has appeared? It is because deep down inside, they know the truth and always have.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I expect it to be good

    by JoeSixPack

    Everything indicates this is going to be a good movie. They are working hard on it and not just trying to rush through an unpolished product. I have pretty high expectations for this film honestly. The casting of Kato is irrelevant unless they make a really silly choice like Zac Efron or something.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    gooseud, your premise would explain a lot

    by YackBacker

    And it's not like I need the movie to hold my hand to get to that point either, but aside from the "lack of questioning" you cite, nothing really indicates there is a subconscious link between any of the Sams. The lack of one thing (questioning) does not necessarily mean the existence of another (a connection, or "knowing"). Your notion may be what they intended, but they make no effort whatsoever in hinting at that connection. And that makes me question whether they really did believe what you suggest. <p>There are great ideas and issues with the concept of MOON, I just found the execution disappointing. But Rockwell owns the screen- awesome work.

  • July 20, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by whiskey_dick

    <P>The interplay between the two Sams is very disconcerting and there are a lot of questions they never ask and expected reactions they never really display. As I saw it, Injured Sam had himself convinced that New Sam was a hallucination long enough to be used to New Sam's presence by the time he realized the truth. New Sam, on the other hand, seemed to be such a fatalist that he understood freaking out wasn't going to help his situation. I won't argue for a second that their reactions seem completely natural, but it's almost impossible to predict how a person would really react to learning what they learned. It's not beyond criticism but I did really enjoy it and I think it shows a hell of a lot of the originality and creativity that's seriously lacking in much of hollywood's current output. I'll definitely watch for Duncan Jones's future projects.<P> <P>The only thing that completely took me out of the movie was the line about "He's probably an illegal alien" at the (literal) last second. It comes out of nowhere and I just can't see why it would be included other than ham-handed political preaching.<P>

  • July 20, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    "illegal alien" line

    by YackBacker

    Yeah, I caught that too and thought "wtf?" Yeah, I concur- you cannot predict how any individual would react in Sam's place. For Sam #1, do we agree that he was dying of radiation poisoning? My girlfriend thought it was a genetic breakdown, but I said the symptoms match radiation sickness.

  • July 20, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    radiation sickness

    by whiskey_dick

    <P>Yeah, I got the impression that it was general radiation sickness, though the friend I saw it with thought it was some kind of genetic breakdown or other problem with the clones themselves which limited them to only a few years of life.<P> <P>By the way, I also liked the fact that we never really learn if the original Sam Bell was complicit in the cloning. There are so many unanswered questions about the movie, but they feel natural.<P>

  • July 20, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Nick Cage in talks to play the villain

    by offput

    That could be great or terrible, with nick cage you can never tell.

  • July 20, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    yeah, the work is being done on the dark side of the Moon

    by YackBacker

    So I'm guessing all of that cosmic radiation is coming in and fucking shit up. But yeah, there's no need to explain it, like you said. And when Sam #1 calls home, the voice you hear off-screen sounds a lot like Rockwell, which makes you think the original Bell is alive and well.

  • July 21, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Duncan Jones is planning a sort of sequel

    by Dingbatty

    to Moon, and said Rockwell will have a bit part in it. Perhaps it will fill in some of the missing gaps?

  • July 21, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Rogen is such a lump.

    by AnnoyYou

    This is going to be terrible - Zack and Miri, Observe and Report terrible. Rogen is rapidly becoming as awful and unwelcome a screen presence as Dane Cook. Ugh.

  • July 21, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty, I'll probably skip any sequel

    by YackBacker

    Especially if Rockwell is only a bit player in the next one. Jones had his shot with me on this project. I don't feel a need to see more of it.

  • July 21, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    emphasis on the HUGE part

    by venvariants

    ...just saying. Seriously - the guy's gonna be in the worst shape when this thing hits. Hopefully they'll have cheeseburgers at the end of the block for the running scenes...

  • July 26, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Famous Korean star? He did not meet with Rain.

    by fromOC

    He met a Korean star, not Rain, who has worse English skill than Rain and not as famous as Rain.