Green Hornetâ€™s release date may have been bumped back a few months, but the good news is that hasnâ€™t slowed down the filmâ€™s production process. Sony announced today that filming has commenced on The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. Also new to the cast are Tom Wilkinson and David Harbour. Read the press release below!
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 2, 2009 â€“ A classic character of film, television, radio and comic books returns to the big screen in Columbia Picturesâ€™ feature film The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up) as the vigilante crime-fighter. Production is underway on the Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) helmed film, which is produced by Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend, The Fast and the Furious) and executive produced by Michael Grillo (The Accidental Tourist), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), Ori Marmur (Evan Almighty) and George W. Trendle, Jr. The screenplay is by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, based upon â€œThe Green Hornetâ€ radio series created by George W. Trendle and shoots entirely in Los Angeles. The film is set for release December 17, 2010.
In addition to Rogen, the film also stars Taiwanese actor-pop star Jay Chou as Kato, Cameron Diaz (Charlieâ€™s Angels, What Happens in Vegas), Edward James Olmos (â€œBattlestar Galacticaâ€), David Harbour (Revolutionary Road) and Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie). Nicolas Cage is also in negotiations to appear in the film.
Academy AwardÂ®-nominee John Schwartzman (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is the director of photography. Production designer is Owen Paterson (The Matrix Revolutions), Kym Barrett (Speed Racer) serves as costume designer and Michael Tronick (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is editing.
The upcoming Seth Rogen comic book movie, The Green Hornet has been pushed back a whopping 5 months, from its previous July 7th summer release date next year to December 17th. Thereâ€™s been no official reason given for the move, but its star Rogen has responded himself to the news by saying:
â€œWeâ€™re both [me and Michel Gondry are] relieved and psyched about the change. It gives more time for post [-production], which would have been immensely rushed if we were to come out in the summer. It also affords us more time to promote the film, (now we can go to Comic-Con with more than a car!) and ultimately is a great vote of confidence from the studio.â€
It has certainly been a rocky road for The Green Hornet, with one notable obstacle being Stephen Chow sadly dropping out, first as director, then as an actor in the role of the titular characterâ€™s sidekick, Kato. But with an extremely talented director coming on board in the form of Michel Gondry, and recently Nicolas Cage, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou being cast, it looked like things were firmly on the road for the release next summer.
However, as HitFix notes, principle photography hasnâ€™t even started yet, and I donâ€™t think with a project like The Green Hornet that anyone involved wants it to be rushed. Also, the highly anticipated (arguably even more than this movie) Predators would have made for heavy competition as itâ€™s also scheduled to open on July 7th next year. On top of that, a December release sets The Green Hornet apart from all the other summer movies that it will compete with.
What do you think about The Green Hornet being delayed for a whole five months? Do you think it makes sense or should they have just kept the original summerreleasedate?
As previously mentioned, Cameron is set to star in The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen. However, the role might not be the female lead/love interest, as some ‘sources’ have reported. Here’s what Cami herself said about the role:
â€œIâ€™m playing one of the gals in it,â€ she revealed. â€œItâ€™s just a small part.â€
Though her role may be small, the actress said she is thrilled to join the potential superhero franchise.
â€œIâ€™m very excited about it â€“ very excited,â€ she added.
So Cameron won’t be the lead in this movie, perhaps she took a small(er) role to have time with the yet untitled James Mangold project, which is slated to start filming in early fall as well? Stay tuned for more on both of these projects.
Comic-Con brought a lot of news to the table! Not only did Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Richard Kelly (director) reveal clips from The Box, but Cameron also confirmed that she is, indeed, on board to star in The Green Hornet! Check out the interview from MTV News where she talks about her role as Lenore Case and the movie.
Also, stay tuned for coverage from The Box panel at 2009 Comic-Con!
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She rose to stardom with roles in The Mask (1994), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) and There's Something About Mary (1998), and is also known for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series (2001–10). Other high-profile credits include Charlie's Angels (2000) and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The Sweetest Thing (2002), In Her Shoes (2005), The Holiday (2006), What Happens In Vegas (2008), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Knight and Day (2010), The Green Hornet (2011), Bad Teacher (2011), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Counselor (2013), The Other Woman, Sex Tape, and Annie (all 2014).
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