- Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Harris, Chad Coleman, Edward Furlong, Joshua Erenberg, Analeigh Tipton, Taylor Cole, Irene White, Dave Rickley, Dina Mamedova
- Director: Michel Gondry
- Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
- Producer: Neal H. Moritz
- Co Producer: Raffi Adlan
- Associate Producers: Lisa Rodgers, Leeann Stonebreaker
- Executive Producers: Evan Goldberg, Michael Grillo, Ori Marmur, Seth Rogen, George W. Trendle Jr.
- Art Directions: Benjamin Edelberg, Chad S. Frey, Greg Papalia
- Casting: Francine Maisler
- Costume Design: Kym Barrett
- D.O.P.: John Schwartzman
- Editor: Michael Tronick
- Makeup: Kimberly Greene
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Owen Paterson
- Set Decoration: Ronald R. Reiss
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire.
Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. To get close to the criminals they come up with the perfect cover: they'll pose as criminals themselves.
Protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante the Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets. Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimately in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower.
Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato's clever gadgets, the Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt's new Secretary Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA's gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down the Green Hornet once and for all
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content
- Production Budget: $90 million
- Production Companies: Original Film, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Production Schedule: September 2nd 2009 - December 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: "Based on the classic 30's radio character, the idea of a contemporary live-action 'Hornet' film has been buzzing around for nearly two decades. The likes of George Clooney, Greg Kinnear, Mark Wahlberg and Jake Gyllenhaal were either signed or offered the role of Britt Reid over the years while Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li had both signed at one point or another to play Kato.
After countless screenplays and an aborted attempt that Kevin Smith was set to direct in 2004, the current version of the film finally began to take shape back in 2007. Even then interest was minimal, the character is dated enough that frankly it would be impossible to do an entirely straight laced version of him these days, while a pure spoof sounds awfully cliche. How do you get people excited for something like this? It was about this time that things started to take a turn for the better.
"Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were hired to do the script while Rogen was set to play the lead role. Cult Asian filmmaker Stephen Chow signed on to direct and co-star as Kato back in 2008, an interesting mix it seemed. Chow had to drop out of directing, which is when Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") came onboard. That caused a lot of people to sit up - Gondry doing a superhero movie?
Chow dropped out as Kato with Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou sliding in to replace him. Production went fine but when the film was pushed back from a Summer bow to a December and then later a January release date, the word quickly changed to one of concern and suspicion. Could this be the bomb that many thought it would be? A very disappointing first trailer seemed to confirm as much.
For much of this year 'Hornet' has had to fight off a lack of awareness on the one hand, and vocal derision of its quality, sight unseen, on the other. It hasn't been until recently that both factors began to change. Each subsequent trailer has improved on the last, word from a test screening gave it surprisingly high marks, and positive buzz from early press screenings have revealed that, though not a great film, it's a far cry from the disaster many thought Sony had on their hands.
Yet will it be worth it? Costing a not exactly cheap $90 million, the film has to go someway to get its money back. Films that open in January can have strong runs as we've seen in recent years (eg. "Cloverfield"), but it'll have to break records for the month if Sony wants this to become anything resembling a franchise."