When you think of one of the most underrated films of the modern era, often times you will get a bunch of pretty good films, but one where everyone’s eyes light up is that of Warrior starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. Who do we have to thank for that and the recent The Accountent? That’d be one Gavin O’Conner (as seen above) whose eye for action and storytelling are about as underrated as his films and now he wants to bring those talents to a grittier version of The Green Hornet.
We’ve seen the Green Hornet in modern times with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, but that was more in the vein of comedy. What O’Conner wants to do is bring a more realistic, Batman-like quality to his version of the film in which he owns the rights too. O’Conner was quoted stating how he saw Green Hornet like most people see Batman or Superman and he feels that he can bring that “gritty” nature to the film instead of maintain the campiness of the 60’s show or the latest version of the film. To make this an even more enticing project is the fact O’Conner has wanted to make this since he started making movies:
“I’ve been wanting to make this movie — and create this franchise — since I’ve wanted to make movies,” O’Connor said. “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. Imagine climbing to the top of the Himalayas, or Mount Everest, or K2 over and over again and no one ever knew? You can never tell anybody. That’s the life of Britt and Kato. What they do, they can never say. They don’t take credit for anything.”
O’Conner also went on to describe the style in which the film will likely go:
“The Green Hornet is ultimately a film about self-discovery,” O’Connor said. “When we meet Britt Reid he’s lost faith in the system. Lost faith in service. In institutions. If that’s the way the world works, that’s what the world’s going to get. He’s a man at war with himself. A secret war of self that’s connected to the absence of his father. It’s the dragon that’s lived with him that he needs to slay. And the journey he goes on to become The Green Hornet is the dramatization of it, and becomes Britt’s true self. I think of this film as Batman upside down meets Bourne inside out by way of Chris Kyle [American Sniper]. He’s the anti-Bruce Wayne. His struggle: Is he a savior or a destroyer? Britt made money doing bad things, but moving forward he’s making no money doing good things. He must realize his destiny as a protector and force of justice by becoming the last thing he thought he’d ever become: his father’s son. Which makes him a modern Hamlet. By uncovering his past, and the truth of his father, Britt unlocks the future.”
The film will be under Paramount Pictures as well as Cherbin Entertainment and will be written by Sean O’Keefe. No one has been cast yet, but we can bet that there will be casting rumors in the coming weeks or months as far as who will be on the shortlist.
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