Green Hornet and Kato Film Gaze At Invisible Male Director Leigh Whannell

Development on The Green Hornet and Kato film continues and the project has the potential to take a big step forward. Deadlines brought word that filmmaker Leigh Whannell, who brought The Invisible Man back to life to critical acclaim and huge box office hits in 2020 (in addition to creating many horror franchises like Saw and dangerous), is in talks to helm a new film. According to trade, Universal Pictures (who collaborated with Whannell on the HG Wells update) had been meeting with the director for “the past few weeks” but the filmmaker appeared to have won the job after putting his name in the mix.

Screenwriter David Koepp from Spider Man and jurassic park fame wrote the script for a new take on the classic character, which Deadline claims the studio is “high on.” Pre-production of the film looks set to accelerate as soon as the deal closes with Whannell. It was previously announced in 2020 that a new feature film of the character was in the works when former Marvel Studios head Michael Helfant announced that his Amasia Entertainment banner had secured the rights to the character. In addition to this new film, Kevin Smith is also developing the animated series Green Hornet.

The Green Hornet first debuted on the inaugural radio program “The Green Hornet” in 1936 where it was played as a companion to the show The Lone Ranger (the two characters later reconnected to be linked). In the context of the series, the hero of The Green Hornet is newspaper publisher Britt Reid who spends his evenings in costume with his sidekick/driver Kato terrorizing the city’s criminals with their pre-Batmobile supercar The Black Beauty. During the day Reid uses his publishing prowess to paint his alter-ego as a wanted criminal, building a myth about his alter-ego.

Following his success on radio, the character made the leap to comics in the 1940s and was still published two years ago by Dynamite. He then plunged into the big screen by appearing in two series film sets in the same year. The Green Hornet reached its peak of popularity when it made its television debut in the 1960s starring Van Williams as the titular hero and legendary martial artist Bruce Lee as Kato.

Hollywood previously tried to make green bee major cast on the big screen with the 2011 reboot starring and co-written by Seth Rogen. The Sony-produced film failed to ignite the box office at home, earning $98 million in the US on a $120 million budget. Since the film’s release, other studios have attempted to follow suit by announcing Paramount in 2016 that they were developing a shoot with Accountant filmmaker Gavin O’Connor was lined up to direct. The rights to the property expired before that version could appear on camera.

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