Amasia Entertainment have announced that they have picked up the rights to The Green Hornet. I know what you are thinking. So I had to go online and find out who Amasia Entertainment are. According to their blurb:
“Founded by Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, Amasia Entertainment is a Los Angeles based film and television production company that creates quality content across multiple genres, with an emphasis on compelling stories, emerging filmmakers, social impact and franchise potential.”
Sound like really fun guys!
Still, classic pulp crime-fighting heroes are everybody’s jam, so let’s see what they have to say.
Former Marvel Studios president Michael Helfant is a former Marvel Studios president and he now co-runs Amasia. He says:
“This is one of the only stand-alone classic superhero franchises. We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision of creator George W. Trendle.”
Co-lead Bradley Gallo says the hope is the film will bridge the worlds of America and Asia. In other words two very lucrative markets.
The character first arrived in the form of radio serials during the 1930s. There was a movie serial in the 1940s. The most famous version was the 1960s TV show with a young Bruce Lee as Kato, faithful sidekick and bodyguard.
Michel Gondry helmed a big-budget and big screen adaption for Sony featuring Seth Rogan and Christophe Waltz in 2011.
That did not go well. Both critics and general movie goers were not big fans and the movie wasn’t successful. The rights became available again after Paramount halted a dark and violent version proposed by director Gavin O’Connor last year.