We’ve known for a long while that Seth Rogen has been attached to co-write and star in a big-screen version of The Green Hornet – and this week, he finally found not only the guy who will play the Hornet’s faithful sidekick, Kato, but also the guy who will direct the big-budget action-comedy. And, as luck would have it, they’re the same guy: Stephen Chow.

Yes, the Chinese madman behind the very OTT Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer is set to bring his Looney Tunes sense of humour and kinetic, thousand-miles-an-hour visual sense to his first American movie – as well as playing the role made most famous by perhaps the most famous movie martial artist of them all, Bruce Lee.

“I’m excited to be taking on ‘The Green Hornet’ — obviously I’ve been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid,” Chow told The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea of stepping into Bruce Lee’s shoes as Kato is both humbling and thrilling, and to get the chance to direct the project as my American movie debut is simply a dream come true.” Lee, of course, played Kato in the 1960s TV show. 

“Stephen was always my and Evan’s first choice for director and to play Kato,” laughed Rogen. “We just hope that he never finds out we’re not the Wachowski Brothers.”Certainly, any doubts over whether Rogen – who may have slimmed down for the role, but is still a long way from your average action hero – could acquire the necessary action chops for his role as Britt Reid, a millionaire newspaper publisher who becomes the masked crimefighter when nobody is looking, have been assuaged. As anyone who saw Kung Fu Hustle knows, Chow can kick ass with the best of them!

Whilst not a fan of Chow’s films, I think given the right material and a good script this could potentially be either amazingly good or a total disaster and given Rogen and Goldberg wrote both the excellent Superbad and the risible Pineapple Express, which way this will go is anyones guess!

June 25, 2010 is the release date for the Sony film, which is produced by Neal H. Moritz. Filming should start next year, after Chow completes work on Kung Fu Hustle 2.

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