New information concerning the theatrical release of next year’s serial adventure-inspired flick The Green Hornet and the sci-fi/horror prequel The Thing has been unveiled, along with official plot summaries for both of these upcoming films.

THE GREEN HORNET

Sony Pictures has announced that their movie adaptation of The Green Hornet will be shown on IMAX 3D screens when it hits theaters next year.  The campy action film starring Seth Rogen had its release date pushed back a few weeks so it could receive the 3D treatment and avoid competing with the likes of Tron Legacy for 3D screens. The move surely works to Green Hornet‘s benefit.

Here’s an official description of the film’s plot via Sony’s announcement:

In the film, Britt Reid (Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence.  When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou).  They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow.  Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon and gadget imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains.  With the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).  He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.

The Green Hornet was also co-written by Rogen alongside his Superbad/Pineapple Express partner Evan Goldberg.  Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is handling directorial duties.

Will The Green Hornet be a silly but pulpy adventure like the 1990 adaptation of Dick Tracy? Or a painfully goofy flop like Frank Miller’s adaptation of The Spirit?  The early word on The Green Hornet isn’t good, but we’ll have to wait and see how the finished product turns out.

THE THING

Universal Pictures will unleash their prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing on April 29th, 2011.  The sci-fi/monster movie will arrive in theaters just two weeks after the horror sequel Scream 4 and one week before Thor officially gets the Summer 2011 Movie Season going – similar to how the Nightmare On Elm Street remake came out just before Iron Man 2 kicked the summer blockbuster season into gear this year.

The notable cast members of The Thing include the likes of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Joel Edgerton (Smokin’ Aces), and Mr. Eko from Lost (a.k.a. actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).  As to who will make it out of the horror prequel alive, well, the odds aren’t looking good for any of the characters – based off what we learned in the original 1982 film (see below).

Universal Pictures has provided the following synopsis for The Thing as well:

Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty.  It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists.  The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being.  It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman.  In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime.  Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago.  But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time.  And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

So what do you think?  Which of these flicks are you more excited for?  Sound off in the comments section below.

The Green Hornet will hit regular, 3D, and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on January 14th, 2011.  The Thing will arrive in regular theaters a few months later on April 29th.

Source: IMAX Corporation, Sony via Coming Soon (link 1) (link 2)