Deadline reports that the film rights to the classic hero Green Hornet has landed at Amasia Entertainment.
Amasia Entertainment has secured the feature film rights to The Green Hornet after a competitive bidding situation for the much-traveled property that began in 1936 as a radio adventure serial and enjoyed a revival in 2011 with the release of the Columbia Pictures feature film starring Seth Rogen.
Amasia co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo announced the acquisition of rights to a masked-man brand that has also made previous stops at Universal Pictures, Dimension Films, Miramax, and Paramount Pictures.
The original television series from 1966-1967 introduced American audiences to Bruce Lee as the sidekick Kato, before he moved over to a short-lived action film career in Hong Kong.
On police records a wanted criminal, the Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner-publisher of the Daily Sentinel; his dual identity known only to his secretary, and to the district attorney. And now, to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens, rides The Green Hornet!
This isn’t the only former Brue Lee project getting a remake treatment as Warner Bros. is making an Enter The Dragon movie with action director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), who is also looking to direct a feature film reboot of the Kung Fu series (Bruce Lee was famously passed over for David Carradine).
The 2011 film from director Michel Gondry took more of a comedy angle and failed to make an impact with audiences.
Most recently, Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) was co-writing a new Green Hornet film with the intention to direct for Chernin Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.
I’m hoping that they take more of a Batman approach with this new film, but I’d love to see keep the setting in the 1960s and make Kato an equal rather than a sidekick.