Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Catch A Buzz With Rogen's "Green Hornet"

"The Green Hornet" is the classic crime-fighting character of film, television, radio and comic books, returning to the big screen in Columbia Pictures' new feature, starring Vancouver actor Seth Rogen as the disguised vigilante.

Directed by Michel Gondry, the feature is produced by Neal "I Am Legend" H. Moritz. Executive producers are Michael "The Accidental Tourist" Grillo, Rogen, Evan "Pineapple Express" Goldberg, Ori "Evan Almighty" Marmur and George W. Trendle, Jr.

"The Green Hornet" also stars Taiwanese actor-pop star Jay Chou as 'Kato', Cameron "The Mask" Diaz, Edward James "Miami Vice" Olmos, David "Revolutionary Road" Harbour, Tom "Valkyrie" Wilkinson and the villain 'Chudnofsky' played by Austrian actor Christoph "Inglourious Basterds" Waltz.

Academy Award-nominee John "Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian" Schwartzman is director of photography, production designer is Owen "The Matrix Revolution" Paterson and Kym "Speed Racer" Barrett is costume designer.

"The Green Hornet" debuted January 31, 1936 on radio station WXYZ Detroit, the creation of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker of "The Lone Ranger" fame. B
roadcasting until 1952 on the Mutual and NBC Blue networks, the series followed the adventures of 'Britt Reid', a bored playboy whose life changes when he inherits his father's newspaper 'The Daily Sentinel' and saves the life of 'Kato', a Japanese man with technical and martial-arts skills.

After Reid and Kato witness a brutal crime, Reid becomes a crime-fighter, using two special, non-lethal guns, with one firing 'knock-out gas' and the other producing a 'Hornet's Sting' electric shock.

Following its successful run on radio, "The Green Hornet" ran in several comic books and a 1940's movie serial from Universal.

In 1966, the character made the jump to the ABC Television network, starring actor Van Williams as the Hornet and catapulting martial artist Bruce Lee as Kato to stardom.

"The Green Hornet" is set for release December 22, 2010.

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