While the Green Hornet himself is a great comic-book character, his last cinematic opening released to less than stellar reviews, scoring a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, the character is being given another chance, as Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment have recently attained the film rights for the Green Hornet. The studios have announced that Gavin O’Connor will direct Green Hornet, which has no set release date at this time. Regarding how the director plans to go about making the film, O’Connor said this:
“For almost 20 years now I’ve been tracking the rights, watching from the sidelines as they were optioned by one studio or another. When I discovered the rights were available again, I tracked them down, partnered with Peter Chernin and we set the movie up at Paramount. With the rights now in our loving hands, I’m beyond excited to bring The Green Hornet into the 21st century in a meaningful and relevant way; modernizing it and making it accessible to a whole new generation. My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration. I want to re-mythologize The Green Hornet in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart. The comic book movie is the genre of our time. How do we look at it differently? How do we create a distinctive film experience that tells itself differently than other comic book movies? How do we land comfortably at the divide between art and industry? How do we go deeper, prompt more emotion? How do we put a beating heart into the character that was never done before? These are my concerns…these are my desires, my intentions, my fears, my goals.”
O’Connor clearly has a deep love for the Green Hornet, and it seems that the movie itself is in good hands.
Green Hornet has no set release date.