Stephen Chow Not Directing Green Hornet

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 18th, 2013 at 5:48 pm,

In September, Screen Rant reported the somewhat baffling news that Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) would be playing a major part in the production of the Green Hornet film.

We already knew Seth Rogan was attached as the lead and the good news was that Chow would be playing his crime-fighting sidekick, Kato. The not-so-exciting news was that Chow would also be directing the film.

With Chow directing, this film would be a “laugh-riot comedy” as Screen Rant master Vic pointed out. Although Chow’s previous films were great comedies, that style didn’t seem to fit what the original thirties radio show or sixties TV series were all about.

At the time of the announcement, most of the people behind this movie had backgrounds in writing, acting and directing comedies so it was pretty clear where the new direction of the project was heading – a far different direction than that of the original series.

Well, now this might be changing. Thursday evening, news popped up announcing that Stephen Chow has stepped out of the director role over “creative differences.” He is however still playing Kato, which is good news.

greenhornet Stephen Chow Not Directing Green HornetHmm… I wonder what these creative differences could be about. Did he want comedy and they didn’t… or vice versa?

I for one am happy he won’t be directing but I’m even happier that he’s still involved, playing one of the lead roles. Despite what I’ve said about comedy in this film, I’m a big fan of Chow’s movies. Green Hornet might have been great as an all-out comedy (and with Seth Rogen involved, it may still be), it’s just not what I’d prefer to see.

What do you think? Should this be more on the serious side or more of a just-for-laughs gig?

Producer Neal Moritz is currently searching for the new director in hopes for a Spring start in production. Green Hornet is planned to hit theatres June 25, 2010.

Source: Variety

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  1. I’d like to see them avoid the campyness of the TV series (remember the Batman crossover episode ? …ugh!~! ).

    I’d like to see Rogan have a go at being a straight ahead action hero and I’m excited to Chow play Kato.

  2. I’m okay about Chow playing Kato, but Rogen as GH? Not so much.

    I think the worldwide success of the Dark Knight may have had some influence on the approach being taken. This is a guess to be sure, but we’ve all seen the internet chatter on this and the consensus seems to be “We want this to be taken seriously.”

    I think Rogen could play a serious role. I think he has that serious lead role in him, and I can certainly see him playing a pedophile or the like. I just don’t think his serious lead role is Britt Reid. if he wants to do a comedy, then let him create a character and have a few laughs.
    Just don’t eff with the Hornet. it’ll come back to sting you.

  3. I’m with you, RastaZen. I don’t think comedy is the way to go with this one, wouldn’t it come off just like that awful spoof Superhero Movie?

    No I think this could make a very interesting serious film, the character (which I didn’t know anything about until I heard about the movie being in development) has a fantastic ability with potential for a great film. Still glad Chow is involved as a lead but am glad he’s off directing (that’s assuming he wanted to do his usual over-the-top comedy style).

  4. I agree with all of you.

    It would be interesting to see these two pull off a serious film. Although with the cast in it, most people would expect a comedy and may be disappointed if it turned out not to be. It would have to be a pretty stellar story

  5. Sounded like a dog when Rogen 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!

  6. I think I agree with Why? A little.

    I actually thought the exact opposite at first. With Rogen, I thought it would be a comedy. Then came the news that Chow would direct, and almost immediately after that, I read that Rogen wanted to make a serious film with quality action, and he wanted to do the character justice. I thought all those together would make a movie that most certainly would have it’s funny moments, but would also be a good film with faithful adaptations of the characters. Where I agree with Why? is that I think Chow didn’t want to disrespect Bruce Lee’s memory. So he stepped down because he couldn’t make the film he wanted.

    One way or the other, I’d bet that the choice of director gives a lot of insight into what kind of movie this will end up being. I will be paying attention to the choice of director closely.

  7. With Respect I think your time line might be confused. First Rogan said the film would be serious then he confessed it would be a comedy. Then he mentioned it might be like Pineapple Express (this was before the release of that film) then he mentioned specifically that they were trying to go for “Lethal Weapon” or an “Indiana Jones” type of film. Action and comedy. Then he spoke of total comedy. I think he has gone back and forth so much he has no idea what he wants to do. Lets face it, Chow does comedies as does Rogen, with that being said what is the likelihood the film will be anything else but a comedy? This is what the basic problem is with the entire Rogen involvement. A comedy is totally wrong for this film and character, hence everybody’s trepidation.

  8. Actually Why? I had no idea he went back and forth so many times. Thanks for the tip! You are right though about comedy being all wrong for the character.

    But if they don’t make it a comedy, I’m sure there will be plenty of people disappointed. Those people though, probably don’t really know the character, so they don’t care.

  9. i was wondering if some one would make a movie on yu yuhakusho that is all