Until recently, The Green Hornet was starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow, but without a director. That all changed when Columbia Pictures’ presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach announced that they were in negotiations with Michael Gondry to direct the film.

Seth Rogen also penned the scrip with Superbad screenwriter Evan Goldberg.  The two are also executive producing the film along with Michael Grillo.  The film will be produced by Neal H. Moritz and his Original Film production company.

Moritz told IESB.net:

“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.”

Regarding the announcement, Tolmach added that Gondry is clearly a perfect choice for the director’s chair, as he brings a sense of originality to all of his work, which is something very important to Green, Goldberg and Moritz regarding The Green Hornet.

Of his impending role as director of Three Green Hornet Gondry said:

“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 & 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.”

With a comment like that I am actually pretty excited to see what ends up happening with the film. I love Gondry’s work and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is probably one of my favorite films, but I would never have picked him to head this project in a million lifetimes.

Although the thought of Gondry’s eccentric but unique style might bring something exciting and unexpected to the film, it may also end up not being a good match for the story.

What do you think of on Gondry directing The Green Hornet?

(Source:  IESB)