Me and My Nine Iron

November 23, 2010

The Green Hornet trailer

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 2:42 pm

If Seth Rogen‘s had a quiet 2010, you know he’s working on his next great project. The Green Hornet, which is due out in theaters on January 14, 2011, is adapted from the 1960’s TV series of the same name but I hear has a much different take on the story. In the original, Van Williams played Britt Reid, newspaper publisher by day, and The Green Hornet, masked crime-fighter by night. Bruce Lee played Kato, Reid’s martial artist chauffeur.

Rogen teamed up with his writing buddy, Evan Goldberg, to write their third movie together (Superbad, Pineapple Express) and plays the title character, where they won’t be without a star-studded cast and crew of their own. Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou will play Kato, Cameron Diaz will be Reid’s love interest and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is the crime boss. Michel Gondry, who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will direct.

From the looks of the just-released theatrical trailer, the action looks pretty awesome; I love real-time fighting. Rogen’s got the comedic banter covered, and it looks like they went all out with their $90 million budget to keep things true, and I respect that. They shot in Los Angeles despite millions in tax breaks they could’ve gotten in other states and kept the ’60s Imperial car, declining product placement deals with major car companies, to name a few.

It’s going to be a great action-comedy. Can’t wait ’til it comes out.




  1. Chris, I don’t know about you, but I liked Pineapple Express, although I understand Chou ain’t no James Franco. Still, I like his accent, and his speaking humor could be a poor man’s Jackie Chan. Goldberg compared the screenplay to the Indiana Jones/Lethal Weapon franchises. They got this!

    Comment by Bryan — November 23, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  2. I’m a little skeptical. I’m a big Seth Rogen fan, but action-comedies are difficult to pull off. The most vital, hardest to predict element in such movies is the hero-sidekick dynamic. You either have it or you don’t. If you have it, there’s franchise potential (Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour). If you don’t, it might be a flop. Rogen will pull his weight and more (this is slightly new acting ground for him), but my skepticism lies with Jay Chou.

    Other than that, what a cast and crew!

    Comment by Chris Le — November 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

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