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Paramount Plans Darker, More Modern Green Hornet Reboot

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Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment have chosen Gavin O’Connor to direct a reboot of “The Green Hornet.” O’Connor will also be partnering with Sean O’Keefe, who will be writing the script.

Speaking with Deadline, O’Connor expressed his enthusiasm for the reboot, saying, “I’ve been wanting to make this movie and create this franchise since I’ve wanted to make movies. 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,” he continued.

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The Green Hornet originally made its debut as a serialized radio drama in the 1930s, and was later made into comics during ’40s. The series gained more popularity as a television show in the ’60s, which starred Van Williams as Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. The most recent film adaptation was 2011’s “The Green Hornet,” starring Seth Rogen as Reid.

O’Connor is best known for directing “The Accountant,” “Warrior” and “Pride and Glory.”

With the new reboot, O’Connor is also looking to establish his own interpretation of the Green Hornet as a darker, grittier character. “My intention is to bring a gravitas to ‘The Green Hornet’ that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration,” he said. “I want to re-mythologize ‘The Green Hornet’ in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart.”

A release date for the film has yet to be announced.

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