Say goodbye to the campy stylings usually associated with The Green Hornet.
The rights to The Green Hornet have been acquired by Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment, and an “edgy” overhaul is in order.
According to Deadline, Gavin O’Connor, director of Warrior and this year’s Ben Affleck thriller The Accountant, is attached to direct a new take on the character. The plan is to spark up a big new franchise, one that will paint the character as more of a bad ass. Attached to write the screenplay is Sean O’Keefe, whose credits include video games Pursuit Force and Lair, and the upcoming Watch Dogs adaptation from Ubisoft, Sony Pictures and New Regency.
The Green Hornet was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker and first appeared on radio in the 1930s. Since then, the character has gone onto serials, television shows, DC Comics, and a Seth Rogen-starring movie in 2011.
The rights have moved from studio to studio over the years, from Universal, to Miramax, to Sony, and now to Paramount Pictures, where it will potentially stay.
“For almost 20 years now I’ve been tracking the rights, watching from the sidelines as they were optioned by one studio or another,” O’Connor told Deadline.
“With the rights now in our loving hands, I’m beyond excited to bring The Green Hornet into the 21st century in a meaningful and relevant way; modernizing it and making it accessible to a whole new generation. My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration. I want to re-mythologize The Green Hornet in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart.”
The Green Hornet, aka Britt Reid, is a wealthy young publisher of the Daily Sentinel newspaper by day and a masked crime-fighting vigilante by night, accompanied by his loyal and similarly masked partner and confidant, Kato. The character has often been written into campy outings that poke fun at the 30s and 40s era in which he was developed. Well, this one’s going a more series route, at least according to what O’Connor has had to say.
“When we meet Britt Reid he’s lost faith in the system. Lost faith in service. In institutions. If that’s the way the world works, that’s what the world’s going to get,” O’Connor explained.
“He’s a man at war with himself. A secret war of self that’s connected to the absence of his father. It’s the dragon that’s lived with him that he needs to slay. And the journey he goes on to become The Green Hornet is the dramatization of it, and becomes Britt’s true self. I think of this film as Batman upside down meets Bourne inside out by way of Chris Kyle [the real-life sharpshooter depicted in American Sniper]. He’s the anti-Bruce Wayne.”
We’ll keep you informed on how this new Green Hornet movie develops.