While promoting the new animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens in Australia this week, funny-man Seth Rogen has given us some welcome details about the upcoming movie The Green Hornet, which he is set to star in.

In talking to Australian radio show Jono & Dano he has revealed:

– The movie will begin filming in June.

– It will be an origin story but not in the traditional sense. It’ll be unlike every other superhero film out there.

– The film will concentrate a lot on the relationship between these two different “cats” – The Green Hornet (who Rogen says is just “a normal guy” whereas Kato’s the one that does all the superhero stuff) and Kato.

This is one of those projects that’s had a rocky road to say the least. It was on and off for a long time with the very notion of it ever even being made coming into question. But now that we definitely have Rogen and Stephen Chow on-board to star, Michael Gondry has taken his place behind the camera and now a date for shooting to start (as well as a release date) has been locked, it looks like The Green Hornet is fully on track.

It’s certainly a bold statement for Rogen to make that this will be unlike every other superhero movie that’s been made so far. Not that I’m saying he’s a liar who’s just holding the movie up higher than it deserves (although it’s certainly a possibility – he’s not exactly going to criticize it, now is he?) but it just comes across as a pretty bold statement, is all. Besides, isn’t Watchmen the film that’s unlike every other superhero movie?

I’m not surprised to find out that the film will deal with the relationship between The Green Hornet and Kato. It’s not exactly an illogical way to go about things, and it will provide a humanistic aspect to it we wouldn’t get otherwise.

But is it just me or does this “concentrating on the relationship between the two characters” mentality smell a bit too much like the way Guy Ritchie seems to have handled his version of Sherlock Holmes? I know they’re completely different characters and stories but the comparison is striking nonetheless.

I very much look forward to The Green Hornet, even if I’m not exactly what you would call “enlightened” to what the original incarnation was. Rogen is always a likable and very watchable guy on-screen (although I am one of those people who doesn’t think he’s all that good in comedic leads – he’s much more effective in smaller, more supporting roles) and Chow never lets me down.

And the addition of Michel Gondry as the director (an out of left field choice, I must say) has me even more excited to see it than I otherwise would have been. He is one of my favorite modern directors – I was a fan of his music video work but when he transitioned from that to feature films he just blew me away. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my all time favourite movies, The Science of Sleep (although certainly not for everyone) was brilliantly bewildering and even Be Kind Rewind (which was admittedly a disappointment compared to his previous work) has a boat load of charm and cuteness.

I am very excited to see what he does with this film; the combination has the potential to be both a huge success or a massive failure.

The Green Hornet is scheduled to be released on June 26th 2010.

Sources: Moviehole and ComingSoon.net