Amasia Entertainment has picked up the screen rights to classic pulp crime-fighting hero “Green Hornet” with plans to deliver a new take on the property.
Hornet first appeared in radio serials during the 1930s, leading to film serials in the 1940s and then a television series in the 1960s which starred a young Bruce Lee as his sidekick Kato. Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher who dons a green mask and wields guns to fight crime.
Michel Gondry helmed a big-screen version in 2011 for Sony with Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz, but that version bombed both critically and financially.
The rights have floated around since with Paramount developing a dark and gritty take with director Gavin O’Connor last year. That never progressed beyond development and the rights lapsed last year.
Former Marvel Studios president Michael Helfant, who co-runs Amasia, explains the company’s plan:
“This is one of the only stand-alone classic superhero franchises. We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision of creator George W. Trendle.”
Amasia’s Bradley Gallo says the hope is the film will bridge the worlds of America and Asia.
Source: Heat Vision