The Green Hornet set video
A set video for The Green Hornet has appeared online and not showing anything about the film at all, however some comments the other day from some of the stars involved in the film have made me wonder about something that had me concerned from the beginning, from when Stephen Chow came off the film.
It concerns how they are going to portray The Green Hornet, and at the time it was just a guess, but the more I hear about it the more I'm thinking that they're going this direction and it bothers me. Let me explain.
It did start as Stephen Chow left as director of the project, and then left as star. It seemed a strange choice as he was so excited to be taking up the role and the film that Bruce Lee played when he came to Hollywood. His comments made reference to that fact and he really seemed as though he wanted to pay it reverence.
Then Michael Gondry was on the film and the tone was changing drastically. It was when Seth Rogen talked about the film that I started wondering what the direction was for this film, and it made me think that perhaps they were going to be making a bit of a mockery of the set-up, a la The Pink Panther's Inspector Jacques Clouseau and his assistant Kato.
The more I heard the more it went this way, oddball director, comedy lead and writer, Stephen Chow, the perfect man to bring back Bruce Lee's character, off the project, the fears were growing.
Then, the other day, one of the characters says something about the story line up and talks about the set-up for the film. There's a little about the comedy aspect, and the more they talked about it, the more it sounded as though they were heading this direction.
So the more I read about it the more I'm thinking that The Green Hornet is the joke and his sidekick that's the one keeping him straight and doing all the work, and seeing some of the body language on this short clip I'm thinking it more.
Mind you, as clips go, this one I found through Collider is rather dull. Trust the American voice over through, it's good to read out loud everything that's about to happen on screen, after all someone might not be able to see it.
What do you think? Have you been following the reports on this? Even if you haven't let's think about this a little. Michael Gondry directing, Seth Rogen writing and starring as the Green Hornet. It's going to be a bit of a joke isn't it?