The Green Hornet could go any way
Seth Rogen has been talking about The Green Hornet and has revealed that they're looking for anyone to play Kato and will even write the film around the role should they need to.
It also reveals that Michael Gondry will be filming it in his own unique style, in fact more so, and by the end of the interview I had no idea which way this film was going, something that seems very strange considering he also tells us that they're building sets right now.
It seems late in the day to be considering rewriting the script for The Green Hornet around one of the lead characters, a character that should be an Asian martial artist but could be recast as anyone at all, but that's what Seth Rogen is saying could happen.
”We are reading many, many people from all over the globe, and it is a wild adventure. We're just looking everywhere, honestly. We're looking at people who are really famous overseas, and we're looking at people who are completely unknown. We're looking at people who are American. We're looking at people who are martial arts experts. We're also looking at people who don't do any martial arts, and who do Broadway and are actors. We know what we want. And there's some wiggle room. We're the type of writers who can easily adapt the roles to whoever is playing it. We've done that on every movie we've ever written. But we know how we want the relationships to work, and so someone needs to fill that general role. It's been really interesting, I can say that.”
I find that really surprising considering they have the script and he reveals that more and more people are being hired on the production every day and that sets are being built right now. They're a long way through production that's for sure.
Something that might ease the adoption of anyone for the role of Kato, the role that became free after Stephen Chow official left the production, is that they already have different scripts written and could easily pull one of these out of the hat depending on the casting.
”Rogen: Honestly, there have been different versions of it. There are versions where we've had more comedically-inclined people in mind for the role - and in that version, it was a tit-for-tat type of relationship. There have also been versions where we've been forced to confront "This guy doesn't speak any fucking English!" That obviously changes their relationship a little bit. That means it would be a lot more on me to be the person who drives the scenes verbally. These are all just things that have been discussed during the endless hours of talking about this movie. Obviously, there are different versions. And they're all written. We've been writing this movie for a long time. But until we find the absolute perfect person [for Kato], we'll... just keep looking! There have been some people we've seen who we think might be the perfect person, but we're just not sure yet.”
Then add into the mix the fact that Michael Gondry is being encouraged to go full on with his own style and I wonder if this Green Hornet is going to look anything at all like the previous one.
”I feel like people who are fans of his won't feel let down by what they see. We're encouraging him to make it as visually exciting and inventive as anything anyone has ever seen. We're fans of these types of movies when they're done well. We think that we can handle the story and the script and the dialogue, but we know nothing about cameras and lights and fancy ways of making things look amazing. And that's what he's better at than anyone in the world pretty much. So we're encouraging him to really go for it.”
No, I don't think it is, and that's perhaps why Chow left.