Rogen talks Gondry's Green Hornet
Seth Rogen has already been talking about the possibility of Michel Gondry directing The Green Hornet, and he's hugely excited at the prospect. What's more Gondry has already been working on the film.
The news just came out the other day, and it seemed really strange that the director of Be Kind Rewind (Filmstalker review) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind would be making The Green Hornet, especially as the second choice after Stephen Chow.
Of course what you have to understand is some of this is face saving marketing too. The first director chosen for the project left over creative differences, allegedly, and now they are on their second choice. You can't look at that any other way, unless for some reason they were forced to choose Chow, and they always wanted Gondry in the first place, but that I don't believe.
“Me and [co-writer] Evan [Goldberg] have always been gigantic fans of [Gondry]...We just like anyone who thinks outside the box, and there's really nobody who thinks more outside the box then he does; he's really a magician in a lot of ways.”
Well Stephen Chow certainly did that too, and he's created some great martial arts action sequences, and he's a huge fan of the legendary Bruce Lee...you know what? I've just wondered why there were creative differences and he was off the project. Could it be that the plans for the film involve a little too much of a change and fun poking at the ex-Bruce Lee character? Could that be a reason that Chow left? Perhaps he was showing too much reverence for the story and especially Kato, and the writers wanted something far more comic? Who knows, time will tell.
Meanwhile Rogen revealed that Gondry shot a scene from the film in order to be considered for the part. Of course he was only able to do that because Rogen sent him a script without anyone's clearance in order to get him interested in the project.
“I've actually been e-mailing with him for a really long time, because he was involved with the project a long time ago...With the permission of nobody, I sent him our script ... to get his input and ideally convince the studio to meet with him. They were skeptical of ... I wouldn't say his ability to make a giant budget studio movie, but his willingness to make a giant budget studio movie. But he loved the script, he totally got it, which a lot of [potential directors] just didn't.”
I wonder if he means Stephen Chow by that comment? Well perhaps he didn't get the drug, sex and bodily function jokes that abound in Hollywood comedy.
“To convince the studio to let him do it, he filmed a fight scene on his own...He just hired stunt men and did it by himself! Just to show some of the stuff he could do, some of the weird filming techniques he has and some of the stuff he can pull off. I mean, this is something he did in two days and it was instantly unlike anything you've ever seen before. It was impossible not to hire him once he presented what he could do for it.”
The Green Hornet is sounding weirder and weirder as the comments go on. We're going to see something totally off the wall by these comments. However I think by the time the filming comes along it'll be much more mainstream, more akin to Be Kind Rewind than the experimental totally off the wall filming that Rogen is starting to suggest here.
I'm always wary when someone says “unlike anything you've seen before” - really? Like nothing I've seen in all the hundreds of films I've watched in my life? You mean unlike any of those? Wow, that must be something totally different. Yeah, we'll see.