Chow Quits as Green Hornet Director

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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 …

LEAVE THIS SINKING BOAT, STEPHEN! LEAVE NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!

Ahem.

Below: When asked to comment on the story, Seth Rogen repleid, “Hey, you got any weed?”

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  • Why?

    Sounded like a dog when Rogan announced his involvement and intent to make a comedy. At least Chow knows to get out while he can. Perhaps Chow would not disrespect the memory of Bruce Lee with the obvious comedic treatment that was planned. Now all Morits has to do is get some serious writers in on this and do it the right way like the last two Bond and Batman films. The Hornet is not a comedy its a gritty crime story, the sooner they get that through their heads the better off they will be!

  • Why?

    Sounded like a dog when Rogan announced his involvement and intent to make a comedy. At least Chow knows to get out while he can. Perhaps Chow would not disrespect the memory of Bruce Lee with the obvious comedic treatment that was planned. Now all Morits has to do is get some serious writers in on this and do it the right way like the last two Bond and Batman films. The Hornet is not a comedy its a gritty crime story, the sooner they get that through their heads the better off they will be!

  • Why?

    Sounded like a dog when Rogan announced his involvement and intent to make a comedy. At least Chow knows to get out while he can. Perhaps Chow would not disrespect the memory of Bruce Lee with the obvious comedic treatment that was planned. Now all Morits has to do is get some serious writers in on this and do it the right way like the last two Bond and Batman films. The Hornet is not a comedy its a gritty crime story, the sooner they get that through their heads the better off they will be!

  • Rusty Blade

    Sighhh, I’m not even gonig to bother with this now and I’m honestly so *issed off about it. No Stephen Chow, no class. Just another Hollywood crap-o-rama movie!

  • Rusty Blade

    Sighhh, I’m not even gonig to bother with this now and I’m honestly so *issed off about it. No Stephen Chow, no class. Just another Hollywood crap-o-rama movie!

  • Rusty Blade

    Sighhh, I’m not even gonig to bother with this now and I’m honestly so *issed off about it. No Stephen Chow, no class. Just another Hollywood crap-o-rama movie!

  • Daniel

    I can’t imagine why any HK film fan would feel anything but pure joy from this news. Every single Hong Kong actor or director that has come over to Hollywood has made average work at best (Chan & Jet’s stuff) or pure trash at worst (Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark’s work). The sensibilities of Hong Kong cinema are just too different from American tastes (or so they say), so these talented HK filmmakers making work with American tastes in mind, guided by the American studios, has simply taken away talent from the struggling HK film industry. Depressingly, instead of using his last few years as an action star to make a few more action flicks in his home country, Jackie Chan is spending most of these precious moments working on subpar work like Rush Hour 3, Forbidden Kingdom, and now the upcoming sure-to-be-pretty-bad Babysitter movie. Movies that he himself says he hates doing. :

  • Daniel

    I can’t imagine why any HK film fan would feel anything but pure joy from this news. Every single Hong Kong actor or director that has come over to Hollywood has made average work at best (Chan & Jet’s stuff) or pure trash at worst (Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark’s work). The sensibilities of Hong Kong cinema are just too different from American tastes (or so they say), so these talented HK filmmakers making work with American tastes in mind, guided by the American studios, has simply taken away talent from the struggling HK film industry. Depressingly, instead of using his last few years as an action star to make a few more action flicks in his home country, Jackie Chan is spending most of these precious moments working on subpar work like Rush Hour 3, Forbidden Kingdom, and now the upcoming sure-to-be-pretty-bad Babysitter movie. Movies that he himself says he hates doing. :

  • Daniel

    I can’t imagine why any HK film fan would feel anything but pure joy from this news. Every single Hong Kong actor or director that has come over to Hollywood has made average work at best (Chan & Jet’s stuff) or pure trash at worst (Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark’s work). The sensibilities of Hong Kong cinema are just too different from American tastes (or so they say), so these talented HK filmmakers making work with American tastes in mind, guided by the American studios, has simply taken away talent from the struggling HK film industry. Depressingly, instead of using his last few years as an action star to make a few more action flicks in his home country, Jackie Chan is spending most of these precious moments working on subpar work like Rush Hour 3, Forbidden Kingdom, and now the upcoming sure-to-be-pretty-bad Babysitter movie. Movies that he himself says he hates doing. :\