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SDCC ’12: Quentin Tarantino To Write DJANGO UNCHAINED For Vertigo Comics

Posted on 14 July 2012 by William Gatevackes

It is pretty obvious that Quentin Tarantino is somewhat of a comic book fan. There have been references to comic books in many of his films–a Silver Surfer poster on a wall in Reservoir Dogs, the lead in his script for True Romance working in a comic book store, the secret identity riff in Kill Bill: Vol 2. But Tarantino has been reticent to follow fellow comic book fan filmmakers such as Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon to write comics.

That is, until now. Maybe.

Quentin Tarantino, in typical Tarantino fashion, left the panel promoting his latest film, Django Unchained and made a beeline to the DC Comics panel promoting their Before Watchmen line, bursting in to announce that a five-issue  Django Unchained miniseries featuring writing by Tarantino will appear from DC’s Vertigo imprint before the film hits theaters.

What form this writing will take is still up to debate. Steve Morris over at The Beat says that Tarantino will be writing the miniseries himself (but he also states that the film stars Jamie Fox and Christophe Waltz, not Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, so, there you go) while Bleeding Cool‘s Brendon Connelly states it will only be Tarantino’s script for the film that will be adapted. If this is true, it might follow a format like how Dynamite Entertainment handled Kevin Smith’s unproduced scripts for his Green Hornet and Bionic Man films–they had other writers convert the scripts into comic book form.

I’m sure we’ll find out more as the hours go on.

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And Now, The GREEN HORNET Trailer

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Rich Drees

Well, this is a bit more like it.

Last night I was not that impressed with the brief glimpse we got of the upcoming Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen. I felt that it played up the expected Seth Rogen screen personna at the possible expense of what the film is really about.

But now we have the film’s first official trailer and it feels as if it has a much different mission than the Entertainment Tonight clip. Here, the trailer is introducing the character to audiences who are probably unfamiliar with him. It sets up Britt Reid’s motivations in becoming the Hornet as well as the hero’s fairly unique modus operandi of posing as a criminal to bring down organized crime. It sells both the action and what appears to be a light tone for the film without dipping into camp territory.

There have also been two new photos from the film released. The first is Christoph Waltz as the villainous Chudnowsky while the second shows Rogen and Jay Chou as Kato in a mock up of what will become the Hornet’s car, the Black Beauty.

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Here’s Seth Rogen’s GREEN HORNET Costume

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Rich Drees

GreenHornetCostumeOK, so it is not Seth Rogen actually in costume as the titular Green Hornet, but it is a look at his stunt man in the outfit. The screengrab comes from  Splash News Online‘s video footage of the filming of some stunt sequences for the upcoming film. The stunt sequences involve blowing up stuff and dropping a bulldozer on to a car.

And I have to say, the looks good to me. The green vest, mask and fedora are all solid, old school Hornet, much like the pictures we saw of the Hornet’s assistant Kato and his car the Black Beuaty back at the beginning of September. At least the look of the film will be true to the 1960s television series based on the radio show from the 1930s and `40s.

Though a fan of the Green Hornet radio series, I was not too enthused when it was announced that Seth Rogen was going to star in this film adaptation. But with every bit of news that leaks out about the film, my wariness of the project is lessened. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen pictures of the main costumes for the heroes that look good, had Christoph Waltz announced as the film’s villain and we know that Edward James Olmos is playing a newspaper reporter (the radio show’s Mike Axford) out to unmask the Green Hornet, not knowing that he is his boss, publisher Britt Reid.

The Green Hornet is scheduled for release in December 2010.

Via Cinematical.

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Cage Out, Waltz In As HORNET Villain

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Rich Drees

ChristophWaltzHot on the heels of wowing audiences as Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (and winning the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for it), Austrian actor Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of the already-in-production Green Hornet as the film’s lead villain. Nicholas Cage had previously been in talks for the role, but walked away from negotiations last week when a deal couldn’t be finalized.

Variety describes Waltz’s character as “a Los Angeles crime boss who tries to unite the city’s various gangs in order to form a supermafia.” His character will be facing opposition from newspaper publisher-turned-vigilante the Green Hornet, to be played by Seth Rogen.

As one of those blown away by his complex performance in Basterds, I am excited to see that Waltz is already getting more English language work. And while Cage does have his moments, I think that Waltz is a more interesting choice for the role. Then again, I’m thinking that Waltz is the default more interesting choice for any role.

We’ll be seeing Green Hornet in December 2010.

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Posted on 07 September 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoThe Green Hornet started shooting last week and thanks to the fact that they have been out shooting on location, we already have a look at several members of the cast- Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet’s public identity of crusading newspaper publisher Britt Reid, Cameron Diaz as Casey Lenore, Jay Chou as Britt’s chauffeur and sidekick Kato and the Green Hornet’s tricked out car, the Black Beauty. Additionally, we starting to see pictures of Chou’s stunt-double in Kato’s crimefighting costume and a few things that might be considered more on the spoiler-side, so be forwarned if you follow the various links to Superhero Hype, Crazy Critics and Just Jared (Set 1 and set 2)  . If not, we’ve popped a few non-spoilerish samples below. (Click on any one for a bigger view.) The scene being shot appears to be an outdoor press conference where… something happens.

Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten our first look at Rogen in the Green Hornet’s outfit. Since the looks for Kato and the Black Beauty are sticking with the more traditional design, I’m hoping that the same will hold true for the Hornet’s outfit as well.

As a fan of the original radio series, I have to admit that I am still a bit leery of this project, mainly due to Rogen’s involvement. There has been no clear cut statement as to what the film’s tone will be, and I am dreading that he and director Michel Gondry are going to go for something a little more lighthearted and comical than appropriate. Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea long before the film’s premier in December 2010.







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Marvel, Warner Brothers Make 2010 A Good Year For Super Hero Adaptations

Posted on 03 March 2009 by William Gatevackes

greenlantern2If you are a fan of comic book movies, and find 2009’s slate to be a little underwhelming, be patient. Because 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for comic book movie fans.

Warner Brothers announced released dates for some of their upcoming releases to Exhibitor Relations (as reported by Comingsoon.net) and it seems that they were serious about amping up their comic book inspired output. Both Josh Bolin’s starring turn as Jonah Hex and the long -awaited Green Lantern film (the script for which was reviewed by us here) will be hitting screens in 2010.

They join Marvel’s previously announced Thor and Iron Man 2 films (recently re-confirmed by Marvel’s fourth quarter 2008 earnings report) and the no-stranger to comics The Green Hornet to make 2010 a jam-packed year.

Here is your scheduled line-up, so you can clear your social schedules accordingly:

Iron Man 2–May 7,2010

The Green Hornet–June 25, 2010

Thor–July 16, 2010

Jonah Hex–August 6, 2010

Green Lantern–December 17, 2010

spidermanposter200aAnd for those of you who can’t wait five months to get your comics-adapted-into-different-media fix, start planning a trip to New York City in February. The long in production Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark is set to open at Broadway’s  Hilton Theater on February 18, 2010, with previews begining on January 16.

The musical, at least partially inspired by the Spider-Man film franchise, is directed by Julie Taymor and features songs from U2’s Bono and Edge. My advice to you would try to reserve those tickets early, because there’s no guarantee how long this one’s going to last.  

 Tip of the hat to The Beat for inspiring this article.

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Michel Gondry To Direct GREEN HORNET

Posted on 24 February 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoEternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry has been tapped to direct the upcoming Green Hornet film according to Production Weekly.

Recently, Hong Kong action director Stephen Chow walked away from the project which is set to star Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, dashing millionaire newspaper publisher who fights crime as the masked Green Hornet. Reid is assisted by his valet Kato. The hero started off life as a popular radio series in the 1930s but has found continued life in a movie serial, comics and a short-lived television series in the 1960s that is best remembered for introducing Bruce Lee to American audiences. Created by the same producer who created the Lone Ranger, Britt Reid was eventually revealed to be the grand-nephew of that famous masked lawman. How much of this lore remains in Rogen’s script is unknown.

Although no start date for filming has been announced, it should be fairly soon if the picture hopes to make its announced release date of July 25, 2010.

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GREEN HORNET Getting New Lease On Life?

Posted on 27 January 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoIt seems that this past weekend’s report of the demise of The Green Hornet film may have been a bit premature.

HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, who broke the story that the adaptation of the popular 1930s and ’40s radio hero was in serious trouble at studio Sony Pictures, has followed up in his reportage with an email from the film’s co-writer and star Seth Rogen, who states that pre-production was still active for the film.

The Green Hornet has many people working for it, including production designers, costume designers and many conceptual artists, office staff, etc. . . .[The studio heads] have every intention on making it, and assuming we’re able to hire a new director in the upcoming weeks, which seems like a distinct possibility, it should still hit the release date.

Well, yes, it is obviously in Rogen’s best interest to talk the project up as being right on track, so take the news with an appropriate sized grain of salt.

I have to say, as a fan of the original radio series, I’m not that intrigued yet by the prospect of the Green Hornet coming to the big screen in this configuration. Seth Rogen is likable enough and even though he has been working out and is noticeably trimmer in recent interviews,  he still doesn’t quite fit my image of the character. There has also been some back and forth as to whether the film will have comedic elements in it or not. Making the film a comedy would not be doing the characters any justice. If this does go forward, I hope that there will be some news that engages my enthusiasm.

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GREEN HORNET On “Life Support”?

Posted on 25 January 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoFans of the old time radio series The Green Hornet may have to wait a while longer before seeing their hero on the silver screen.

HitFix is reporting that the Green Hornet film currently in development at Sony is not dead, but “has gone on life support” and that it is “highly unlikely the film will shoot in 2009.” This state of affairs is the result of Hong Kong actor/director Stephen Chow backing out of directing the film last month due to “creative differences.”

Getting the Green Hornet on to the big screen has been a tough proposition for the many who have tried. In the mid-1990s, George Clooney and Jason Scott Lee were reportedly up for the roles of the Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato in a film version that never materialized. Towards the end of the decade Robocop scripter Edward Neumeier and John Fusco both took cracks at writing screenplays for a Green Hornet feature. In 2004, writer/director Kevin Smith was hired by the Weinstein Company when the studio picked up the rights to the character, but Smith backed out a year later citing a desire to continue working on smaller budgeted features.

This most recently planned version was announced last June amid some concern from fans that the announced star and co-writer Seth Rogen would turn the film into a comedy rather than a straightforward action film. But whatever type of film Rogen and co-writer Evan Goldberg have put together, it is looking doubtful that we will see it on Sony’s announced premier date of June 25, 2010. Or anytime soon after that.

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Stephen Chow Will Not Be Directing GREEN HORNET

Posted on 21 December 2008 by Rich Drees

Remember last September when we told you that Hong Kong comic director Stephen Chow was set to make his American film debut directing Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet? Forget we said anything.

According to a report in Variety, Chow has left the project’s directorial chair over the euphamistical “creative differences.” He will stay on in the role of Kato, the Green Hornet’s loyal sidekick.

Columbia Pictures is hoping to have a director in place by the end of the year.

While I am a huge fan of Chow’s Hong Kong films, I think this is probably very good news for the Green Hornet film. Chow has a great visual style- a kinetic, almost cartoonish, way of telling a story. Although this version of the Green Hornet is being written by and will star comedy actor Seth Rogen, we have been told that it will be more of a straightforward action film. I am not sure that Chow’s style would be absolutely suited for the planned tone. With the end of the year just a few days away, it should be interesting to see whom Columbia brings on board.

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