Variety reports that The Green Hornet is set for a new reprisal. Though it already tried a few years after making a big screen appearance back in 2011. This reboot took a giant leap forward this week, securing The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor for the project. Owned by DC, the latest studio acquisition is hoping to markedly improve on the Seth Rogen version.
Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment secured the rights for the production. Causing them to quickly swoop in to secure the man that worked so successfully with Ben Affleck earlier this year. Rogen's Sony film was bent towards an action comedy starring the likes of Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, and Cameron Diaz. And, while there were some good moments, it didn't resonate with audiences and critics like they had hoped.
For The Director, It's Personal
Making a success out of The Accountant from a modest budget, the director's previous credits include Warrior and Miracle. Yet this was an opportunity too good to turn down for the man that always idolized the character.
“As a kid, when most of my friends were into Superman and Batman, there was only one superhero who held my interest — The Green Hornet," said O'Connor. "I always thought he was the baddest badass because he had no superpowers. The Green Hornet was a human superhero. And he didn’t wear a clown costume. And he was a criminal — in the eyes of the law — and in the eyes of the criminal world.
So all this felt real to me. Imagine climbing to the top of the Himalayas, or Mount Everest, or K2 over and over again and no one ever knew? You can never tell anybody. That’s the life of Britt and Kato. What they do, they can never say. They don’t take credit for anything.”
O'Connor Wants Hero To Be Relevant
Having no issues directing a director in his own right this year, O'Connor won't be slowed down to implement his own preconceptions about the character and subject material. Taking the reigns for the Western thriller Jane Got a Gun, Deadline reports that O'Connor is confident of making the superhero a success.
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," said the director. "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."