Updates On ‘The Green Hornet’ & ‘Thing’ Prequel

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Thing Updates On The Green Hornet & Thing Prequel

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.


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.


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).

The Thing 1982 Updates On The Green Hornet & Thing Prequel

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)

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  1. Thing Prequel, hands down. Green Hornet looks to be a mess.

  2. I disagree with Evan, I think the synopsis for Green Hornet sounds like a lot of fun. People need to give heroes other than those from DC and Marvel a chance.

    • Yes we do give other heros a chance….but when you have the biggest hack ( as well as un-talented ) potray a childhood hero, well…..maybe the biggest mis-cast in the history of the Cinema will offer a big pass by a Hornet fan.

  3. The Green Hornet lost me at Rogen. Thing Prequel all the way.

  4. The Thing prequel sounds exactly like the original. (Won’t be seeing it)

    Green Hornet, couldn’t care less.

    • i wont be seeing, rogan has got too big headed for his own good these days. and yeah the thing prequel looks like a rip off of the original.

  5. “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?”

    That’s a really dumb question to ask. To me, there isn’t much difference between ‘a silly adventure’ and a ‘goofy flop’. I’m in the minority on this, but I think it could be neither. For my vote to be tilted more towards your point of view, I’d have to see a trailer. Then everyone will know what flavor they are going for. If it wasn’t for Gondry behind the camera, I also would have given up hope. But I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as everyone says. I have more of a wait and see approach.

    As for The Thing prequel. It might be interesting on one level (showing early 80′s tech).but I’m still shocked that it was made at all. It is a good thing to dust of The Thing, yes. But to my view, pointless in this setting. WE KNOW all but two the scientists from the Sweden Norway camp didn’t make it. Those two that survived The Thing were killed in the opening scenes of the 82 film. WE ALREADY KNOW THIS.

    Oh, pop quiz: how much CGI did Rob Bottin use in 1982? How much of it holds up? Those are trick question for today’s masses. Here’s another question. Let’s say we all go see The Thing prequel.

    Will the studio want a sequel?
    Or will they remake the remake?

  6. There was absolutly no CGI in the orginal Thing unless you count the opening title.

  7. Looking forward to The Green Hornet movie.

    Big fan of THE THING, released in 1982. I can only hope that the prequel will have as good an acting ensemble chemistry as the 1st Carpenter film did. But…. if this prequel is just about pretty people, CGI, and cheap acting and ultra gore/action shots, as it’s primary thrust…. then I’m not amused. Smells like a Hannibal prequel, to me.

    • thats excatly whats its gonna have in it man, too many cheapened theatrics for my taste

  8. I am definitely most excited about “The Thing” prequel. I would be excited about the Green Hornet if it wasn’t getting the 3D touch. I’m so over 3D films it’s not even funny. I sure hope 3D is just a fad and will fade quickly.

  9. 3D isnt going anywhere fast, THE MAN wont let it, it sickens me that everything has to have the lame 3D touch these days

  10. All of the “early bad buzz” about Green Hornet seems to come from nowhere, speculation. I’ll wait until I see some trailers to see what vibe they are going for. I’m confident that Seth Rogen and Evan know what they’re doing, I thought both Superbad and Pineapple Express had fantastic scripts and they seem to really just “get it” despite what others think.

    If the Thing prequel is different enough from the original then I might check it out. the last thing I want to see is a rehash of it.

    • i didnt like express too much, superbad for the win on the other hand.

      • the 2 rogan movies may be very good for what they are but i did see the green hornet trailer and i still hate the idea of rogan as green hornet.even more now that i saw it.

        sedth rogan may be good for the comedies he does but the green hornet does not need to be a action comedy.

    • I agree about the “early bad buzz.” It’s based on a single, ambiguous “source” repeated many times over the internet. I’m eager to see the trailer on Jimmy Kimmel.

      • Agree… Remember that the same website which spread bad buzz about Green Hornet had also a “reliable source” who said Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim was “unreleasable”… If you think that this is reliable, you may say there’s an “early bad buzz”.

        • maybe rogan should just stick to his stoner roles

    • Ummm…Ryan….the bad reviews came from Sony executives themselves.

  11. The Thing is a perfect movie. Why make a prequel? There’s nothing you can do to make it better. Same goes for the Alien prequel in the works. All prequels do is take some of the mystery out of the original (see Star Wars) Let us ‘sense’ that these movies are part of a larger story/world without us having to know every detail of how things came about…

  12. its hollywood cashing in…..

  13. Ill definitely check the Thing prequel, but any Green Hornet is bound to suck, especially with Rogen in the role. Could have been worse of course, they could have cast him as Kato!

  14. Universal is using this Thing prequel to give an excuse how the alien got loose in 2011. At the end of this film we’ll see it being picked up by the US Army in 1982 and shipped to Area 51. Cut to 2013 and we will see an older RJ MacGrady (Kurt Russell) being called upon by Uncle Sam to help them kill the monster before it wipes out the whole world.

    This is the revival of a franchise.

    • we don`t need a franchise of the thing.the 1982 movie was a perfict one shot film.

  15. the thing movie explanation of what happens to the Norwegians is sufficent.a movie showing what happened is needed.

    as far as the green hornet is concerned.i hated the idea when i heard what seth rogan was going to do with it.i hated it more when i saw the preview.the green hornet could get made as a good serious action movie but the studio had to take it from seth rogan and put it in the hands of someone who understands what the green hornet is about.now it seems too late.

    i am 59 and will probally never see the green hornet on the big screen done right in my lifetime.

    • I am not as old as you, no offense intended, but I have grown very interested in The Green Hornet. I like a lot of other people, think Rogen is wrong for the part, but being a fan of GH I am going to give the movie a chance and see it! As far as seeing GH done right in your lifetime I can help you there. Go to Youtube. searh “Green Hornet”, there is a really good Fan Made Movie that should be to your liking, it was to mine! It is serious, action packed, and GH and Kato are spot on. ENJOY!