There surely are purist fans of "The Green Hornet," and the original TV series, but Seth Rogen is not one of them. He admited to the Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that he and writer partner Evan Goldberg secured the superhero property to use as a launching pad to explore what they wanted to explore, not out of love for the character.
The five purists out there will likely scream and shout, but we think his candidness is refreshing and really, who the hell out there has a super strong affection for this show? We say use it for what you want and make it relevant today. Obviously we're semi-ignorant of the original and didn't grow up with it, but it just doesn't sound like there is much depth to begin with and anyone who's going to impute a superhero movie with even a modicum of some psychology behind the characters is alright with us.
"Me and Evan always wanted to make a superhero movie about a hero and a sidekick. That's the movie we've been trying to write for years, kind of like deconstructing the relationship between a hero and his sidekick. And we just couldn't crack it. And then one day we got a call saying "Green Hornet" is up for grabs, and we realized that could be the perfect format for us to do our weird hero-sidekick movie. I mean, we liked the 'Green Hornet,' but we were not particularly fond of the character or loyal to it in any real way. But it's worked out well, and I think it has few enough fans that they won't be disappointed because all people really know is that Bruce Lee was the sidekick. That's all they really need to know going in."Filming is expected to begin around June. "The Green Hornet" is being directed by Michel Gondry and is due in theaters June 10, 2010.