Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Movie Prequel: "Green Hornet: Parallel Lives"

From Dynamite Entertainment, "The Green Hornet: Parallel Lives" comic book series, prequels Sony's upcoming "Green Hornet 3D" movie starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou.

"Green Hornet: Parallel Lives" follows Chinese 'Kato' and 'Britt' from the age of ten up through the moments before the movie starts, including how Kato became a martial artist.

Columbia Pictures' "The Green Hornet 3D", starring Vancouver's Rogen is set to open Jan. 14, 2011.

"We couldn't be more excited about 'The Green Hornet'," said Sony marketing, distribution head Jeff Blake. "In fact, we're doubling down by making it 3D."

"The Green Hornet" is the classic crime-fighting vigilante character of film, television, radio and comic books.

Directed by Michel Gondry, "The Green Hornet 3D" is produced by Neal H. Moritz ("I Am Legend"), for executive producers Michael Grillo, Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Ori Marmur and George W. Trendle, Jr.

The new film also stars Cameron Diaz ("The Mask"), Edward James Olmos ("Miami Vice"), David Harbour ("Revolutionary Road"), Tom Wilkinson ("Valkyrie"), with the villain 'Chudnofsky' played by Oscar-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds").

Academy Award-nominee John Schwartzman ("Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian" was DP, production designer, Owen Paterson ("The Matrix Revolutions") and Kym Barrett ("Speed Racer") designed the wardrobe.

"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 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.

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