We are living in the age of reboots and remakes. Sometimes reboots work out, leaving us reconnecting with stories that are elevated to a certain degree. However, most of the time these are reboots for films that no one asked for or movies that should never be rebooted. Unfortunately, a reboot that no one asked for is happening again. Seth Rogen might be a funny man who has produced and starred in some great pictures, but one of his worse movies is The Green Hornet. That film is now being rebooted.
Helming the new version of The Green Hornet is famed director, Leigh Whannell. This new version will be called Green Hornet and Kato. Whannell has previously worked with legend, James Wan. Leigh has written the scripts for such horror classics as the Saw franchise, Upgrade, and The Invisible Man. He was also in talks to direct The Wolf Man reboot with Ryan Gosling starring, though that never transpired. Leigh’s background focuses more on horror, but maybe that could lead to the man developing a great script for this new reboot. At least, that is the hope. Though most might be worried about having this story rebooted again, it might work out as a franchise this time around. Hopefully, it does better than the Seth Rogen-led venture.
Interestingly, the production company (Amasia Entertainment) that purchased the rights of The Green Hornet is comprised of Bradley Gallo and Micahel Helfant. Helfant once served as President of Marvel Studios and was responsible for running the ship when Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were made. Both those films led to the creation of the MCU. Green Hornet and Kato might just be in some good hands. Helfant might also be seeing what Whannell is bringing to the table with these characters and allowing the reboot to move forward with a fresh new perspective. Seth Rogen might have been a fan of the characters; he just couldn’t stick the landing of the potential franchise.
The Green Hornet was initially a radio program that has been adapted many times through the decades, based on its popularity. There have been films, comics, and television series made that covered this superhero team in great fashion. One of which starred Van Williams as The Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato. However, despite Seth Rogen being one of the most popular actors at the time, the adapted version he was in just didn’t do well. It was critically panned for the humor in the film, which is Rogen’s strong suit, but maybe not right for a superhero film. The film holds a 44% critic rating and a 43% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This led to dropping the planned sequels for that specific reboot.
Seth Rogen is still one of the best minds when it comes to producing, writing, and acting, but his Green Hornet reboot just didn’t measure up well. It could have been many factors involved, including the emergence of the MCU that put all other superhero attempts to shame. Hopefully, this new reboot offers something we have not seen before.