The Green Hornet
was floundering. Despite its blockbuster star, Seth Rogen, the film was stuck in development hell. A director was found, Kung Fu Hustle
's Stephen Chow, but still nothing was moving forward. Finally, the film was assumed canceled, or at the very least, unlikely to be made until a decade later with a totally different cast and crew. Now, Variety
has announced that the project is saved, with a release date set at June 25, 2010. What's more, the only surprise bigger than the film's resurrection is the news that Michel Gondry, the lo-fi auteur behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
and The Science of Sleep
, is in charge.
To say that this is shocking news is an understatement, since his largest budget until now has been $20 million. In contrast, The Green Hornet
is being approached as a blockbuster, and though its budget is still
unknown, given Rogen's starring role and its summer opening, the film will
almost certainly cost well more than double that. In fact, it'll likely be more than all of
Gondry's previous features combined.
Gondry's well-known aesthetics also seem like an odd fit for the film,
since it's not just starring Rogen, but also written by him and his
writing partner Evan Goldberg. Generally, the comedic sequences of
Gondry's features are the weakest parts, excepting Dave Chappelle's Block Party. However, despite his big screen infatuation with do-it-at-home special
effects, many of his videos featured cutting edge visual
techniques; it's even arguable that he created Bullet Time. And when
someone else (which is to say Charlie Kaufman) wrote for him, Gondry did
pull off some great laughs.
It's safe to say that at this point, no one really knows what to
expect. As strange as this pairing sounds, it could end up being a
perfect match. Gondry had been eyeing the project for a long time
before the announcement, initially asking about it back in 1998. That the studio who rejected his ideas years ago has now embraced them
may mean that he really is on the same page as Rogen and Chow.
Review: The Science of Sleep
Review: Be Kind, Rewind
News: Michel Gondry launching a website
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