The Green Hornet is a fictional character - an American pulp hero and masked vigilante - created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker with input by radio director James Jewell in 1936. Since his radio debut in the 1930s, the Green Hornet has appeared in numerous serialized dramas in a wide variety of media. The character appeared in film serials in the 1940s, a network television program in the 1960s, multiple comic book series from the 1940s on, and a feature film in January 2011. Though various incarnations sometimes change details, in most incarnations the Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day who goes out in his masked "Green Hornet" identity at night to fight crime as a vigilante. He is accompanied by his similarly masked sidekick and confidante Kato, who drives their technologically-advanced car: "Black Beauty". [wikipedia]
The Green Hornet (2011 Film History)
A film version of the character has been contemplated since the 1990s, when Universal Pictures first attempted to develop a version with George Clooney and Jason Scott Lee, to be directed by Michel Gondry. Later, Jet Li was set to play the Kato role. In the early 2000s, Miramax obtained the movie rights, and worked with writer-director Kevin Smith to develop a screenplay. In 2008, new rights-holder Sony Pictures announced it was producing a Green Hornet film through its subsidiary Columbia Pictures, initially with Stephen Chow as director, and also playing the role of Kato. Chow departed as director, to be succeeded by Gondry; later, Chow exited the movie altogether, and Jay Chou was cast as Kato. The film, scheduled for release January 14, 2011, stars Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg. Also starring are Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, and Christoph Waltz. [wikipedia]
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