Chow Quits as Green Hornet Director

The Green Hornet is screwed. Or maybe it’s the audience who is screwed. At least, if you were one of those people hoping for a good, decent Green Hornet movie that didn’t involve weed jokes. To be sure, the announcement that Hong Kong wunderkind Stephen Chow had not only agreed to star in the film as Kato, but also direct it gave all of us hope. Yes, even I, who never liked the idea of a studio handing over the reins of a potentially major superhero franchise to someone like Rogen, who has made a living selling movies to potheads. Now comes word that Chow has stepped down from “Green Hornet” as director, but will still star. And oh, get this, the reason why he stepped down? “Creative differences”. In a word, you’re screwed if you were still hoping this thing will be good.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Variety says so:

Chow, who directed and starred in “Kung Fu Hustle” and “Shaolin Soccer,” signed in September to direct the film and play the role originated in the TV series by Bruce Lee. He stepped out as director over creative differences.

The film was scripted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and Rogen is starring as the masked crime fighter. The script will likely be polished, and a director could be in place by year’s end.

You hear that? He left over “creative differences”. That means the studio wasn’t buying what Chow was selling. Which means what you see on the screen next year won’t be a movie Chow would have made. Basically, you know all those hopes and dreams you brought to the announcement that Chow would be directing the movie, and putting his own unique spin on it? PFFFT. It’s gone. Bye bye, bye bye.

In fact, I’ll be shocked if Chow doesn’t leave the movie altogether by next year. Why in the world would he stay and play second fiddle to Seth Friggin’ Rogen? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: playing a sidekick role to Rogen is an insult to a guy of Chow’s stature. I was willing to accept it when Chow was also directing, but now that he’s no longer directing …



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