You know, just when I didn’t think the whole saga behind “Green Hornet” could get any weirder, it just did: Sony and Columbia Pictures have just announced that Michel Gondry (he of “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Human Nature”, not to mention those wacky music videos) has come onboard to direct Seth Rogen’s “Green Hornet” movie, replacing Stephen Chow.
The news comes from DHD, who quotes producer Neal H. Moritz as saying:
We’re huge fans of Michel Gondry. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and all his films are as daring as they are extraordinary, fueled by creative ideas that spring from his unique worldview. Our first rule, always, is to make the movie that we want to see, and that couldn’t be truer than with Michel bringing his stylish and original touch to the helm.”
Says Gondry himself:
“I’m very excited about The Green Hornet and all that I hope to bring to it. This story has always been close to me and now Seth and Evan have written a script that is both funny and real — the best of both worlds. I cannot wait to further collaborate with them on it.”
Meanwhile, Seth Rogen ran over to MTV and told them about how he got Gondry to direct, and how Gondry convinced the studio to let him:
“I’ve actually been e-mailing with him for a really long time, because he was involved with the project a long time ago,” he explained. “With the permission of nobody, I sent him our script … to get his input and ideally convince the studio to meet with him. They were skeptical of … I wouldn’t say his ability to make a giant budget studio movie, but his willingness to make a giant budget studio movie. But he loved the script, he totally got it, which a lot of [potential directors] just didn’t.”
Gondry loved the “Green Hornet” script so much, in fact, that he began filming it immediately. “To convince the studio to let him do it, he filmed a fight scene on his own,” Rogen marveled. “He just hired stunt men and did it by himself! Just to show some of the stuff he could do, some of the weird filming techniques he has and some of the stuff he can pull off. I mean, this is something he did in two days and it was instantly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It was impossible not to hire him once he presented what he could do for it.”
Wow. First Stephen Chow defies all logic and joins the film as director and co-star, then drops out as director and possibly co-star as well, and now Michel Gondry comes onboard to direct. This movie just keeps getting weirder.
Below: Nothing says “kooky and creative” like taking a picture of yourself next to a wheel with glowing colorful thingies. Oh, Michel Gondry, you’re so kooky and creative.