O’Connor is set to direct and produce a new version of The Green Hornet for Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment that O’Connor says will “bring The Green Hornet into the 21st century in a meaningful and relevant way.” He is currently developing it with Sean O’Keefe who will write the movie. Currently that’s all that’s the information that’s known of the movie.
The movie has been a passion project of O’Connor’s for the past 20 years as he’s tracked the film rights for the character and now feels that the time is right to make it. O’Connor told Deadline that he hopes to re-mythologize the hero in a contemporary context with this new take that emphasizes on the story and character while mixing in certain themes.
O’Connor also told Deadline that Green Hornet is his favorite superhero, explaining, “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. 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.”
The Green Hornet has had many interpretations ever since his debut radio drama of the same name back in 1936. Then there are the notable two adaptations, the first being the campy 1960s series starring Van Williams as the titular hero and also his civilian identity, Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as his partner, Kato. The show was seen as a companion series to the 1960s Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward at the same time and had a special crossover episode. The show lasted only one season. The other notable one being the 2011 film with a more comedic take on it from Michel Gondry with Seth Rogen (who also co-wrote it) in the lead role with Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, and Cameron Diaz. The character has also been in several film serials and has enjoyed numerous comic book runs across several companies, currently with Dynamite Entertainment that had runs by Kevin Smith and Mark Waid.
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