Director and screenwriter Leigh Whannell of the films “Supernatural” and “The Invisible Man” is in talks with Universal to direct the new “Green Hornet” feature. According to the Deadline website, the studio executives met with several potential candidates, but Whannell won the favor following the success of “Invisible Woman.”
Universal has the rights to the adaptation from 2020 and the script is ready, written by veteran David Koepp (from the first “Jurassic Park”, “Mission: Impossible” and “Spider-Man”).
The film will be called, in English, “The Green Hornet and Kato”, highlighting the hero’s “Robin” in the title.
In the popular TV series “Green Hornet” in the 1960s, Kato was played by none other than Bruce Lee.
The Green Hornet was originally created as a radio soap opera in 1936 by George W. Trendle and Fran Strike, who were also the parents of “The Lone Ranger”. It debuted in comics in 1940, with scripts by the same Strike, the same year it hit theaters with the first of its three adventure serials. But interestingly, he ended up becoming a television hero, after winning the series in 1966. Played by Van Williams, the character ended up being eclipsed by his assistant, as Bruce Lee was much better known than him. In addition to its own attraction, the Green Hornet also had crosses with the “Batman” series of that time.
In the original storyline, Britt Reid, the millionaire owner of The Daily Sentinel newspaper, was transformed into a masked avenger in the style of the Shadow Broker, whom the police considered a criminal. Because the situation helped him get information from the criminal underworld, she never wanted to cancel her criminal record. In his adventures, the Green Hornet was aided by Kato, his Asian-born butler and driver, a martial arts master, who drove the Black Beauty, a technologically advanced car.
The two last appeared on screen in 2011, in a Sony action comedy, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. The idea was to launch a franchise, but the film failed at the box office, earning just $ 227 million worldwide, for a budget of $ 120 million.
There is still no information on the plot of the new feature, nor a release date.