Rogen’s Green Hornet gets the green light for 2010
EW.com’s Hollywood Insider reports that Sony is pushing forward with the Seth Rogen Green Hornet movie, aiming for a release on June 25, 2010.
The blog confirms that Rogen will star in the film, which he’s co-writing with Superbad collaborator Evan Goldberg. No director has been named. Rogen’s involvement was announced in July, four months after Sony/Columbia Pictures optioned the property. Previously, it had been at Universal and Miramax, the latter with Kevin Smith writing and directing.
The Green Hornet began as a radio show in the 1930s, the conception of Lone Ranger creators George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. The costumed crimefighter and his sidekick Kato went on to appear in two Universal movies in the 1940s, comic books and, most famously, the 1966 television series starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee.
Guy Ritchie to direct comic-based Sherlock Holmes movie
Guy Ritchie has signed on to write and direct a reimagining of Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros., based on a forthcoming comic by producer Lionel Wigram.
The comic, which Wigram wrote as a selling tool, is expected to be released around the same time as the film. Wigram and Dan Lin are producing the movie.
Warner Bros. has been developing the project for some time, announcing last year that Neil Marshall would direct from a script by Michael Johnson. Ritchie will rewrite Johnson’s screenplay.
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