So what have I been saying all along? That there’s no way in hell that a man of Stephen Chow’s stature would play second fiddle to an overrated second-tier leading man like Seth Rogen in “The Green Hornet”. Well okay, so maybe I was wrong, but considering all the facts, I don’t think I’m COMPLETELY wrong. Then again, I didn’t think Chow would ever board the Green Hornet movie under any circumstances, so yeah, I was definitely wrong on that account, and I’m man enough to admit it. But here’s the catch: Chow won’t just be starring alongside the guttural-voiced Seth Rogen, but he’ll also be DIRECTING the movie. Which means Hollywood won’t be able to make his Kato into a cliche. Now considering this new addition to our little adventure, I’m going to have to say that I was wrong, but not completely wrong. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
So, from THR, comes news that Chow will be directing and co-starring in the “Green Hornet” movie as Kato to Rogen’s Green Hornet. This will be Chow’s first American film that he’s directed and appeared in, and getting the director’s chair will definitely ensure that this thing will be more “Kung Fu Hustle” than, say, a movie where Rogen and friends sit on a couch and smoke dope all day. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Chow, known for his visual work in “Kung Fu Hustle” and “Shaolin Soccer,” gives momentum to the project, which has a June 25, 2010, release date.
His boarding, announced by Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, also gives an inkling to the kind of movie Columbia is looking to make as Chow is known for his martial arts action-meets-Bugs Bunny style.
Rogen has slimmed down for his role as masked crimefighter Green Hornet, which started as a 1930s radio program and later on film and TV and in comic books. The masked Kato has traditionally been the Green Hornet’s sidekick and driver who helps on the crimefighter’s vigilante adventures.
Contrary to popular belief, I have nothing against Seth Rogen, besides the fact that some fanboys out there apparently thought it was perfectly fine for Chow to play second fiddle to him. Which is bullshit, if you compare Chow’s career to Rogen’s. This movie will only work if Chow is calling the shots, which is the case here. Sure, Rogen will still have his script, but as we all know, scripts have a way of changing when the camera rolls, and Chow, who has written his own hits, will definitely take a stab at turning Rogen’s script more towards his own.
The hornet is scheduled for 2010.
Below: Kato and his sidekick, Pot-Smoking Fat White Guy.