I don’t care about the Green Hornet. I wanted to get that out of the way right up front. I don’t care about the Green Hornet in the same way I didn’t care about the Spirit: I don’t have a childhood love of the character, or the old serials, or the old TV show with Bruce Lee as crimefighter Britt Reid’s sidekick, Kato. And the only reason I cared about the Seth Rogen movie was the possibility of Kung Fu Hustle’s Stephen Chow directing it. When he left the project, the care-o-meter went back to “eh.”
But with the news that Michel Gondry is negotiating to direct Rogen’s Hornet, I’m all like a Faith No More song (“We Care a Lot,” in case you couldn’t crack that nut). Not because I think it’ll be good – Ang Lee’s Hulk and David Lynch’s Dune are object lessons in what can happen when an indie iconoclast takes a whack at genre material – but because it’ll be Something to See. Could Gondry succeed where others have failed? Sure. I loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and liked the heck out of Be Kind Rewind. But it could also be The Phantom.
What I do know is that, whatever we get, I can’t see Gondry’s Green Hornet being boring. How about you? Does this news make you more likely to pay to watch Seth Rogen fight crime, or more likely to avoid it at all costs?