Never Go Where Smith Has Gone…

If Superman Lives taught us anything, it’s that when it comes to Hollywood, you don’t try to follow in Kevin Smith’s footprints.  I’ve read Kevin’s draft of Superman Lives, and I’ve seen the 2 hour schlockfest of Jesus Imagery and repressed homosexuality that was given to us as a Summer Blockbuster last year; there’s almost no comparison.  So when I read online today that Seth Rogen has been tapped to write a draft of The Green Hornet, and possibly even star in it, I got that old familiar rumble in my stomach.  It’s kinda like eating at an Indian restaurant, if you thought the entrees were bad, wait until you taste dessert.

Seth Rogen helped carry a rom-com past the $100 million mark. He pulled director David Gordon Green out of his indie bubble with the upcoming Pineapple Express. Now, Rogen’s scoring a plum writing gig with The Green Hornet. Dude, what’s next, playing Brit Reid himself?

Stranger things have happened, reports L.A. Times. Not only has Columbia Pictures hired Rogen to pen The Green Hornet, but it’s likely that he will even don the hallowed green mask. Considering the franchise’s both camp and obscure these days, perhaps Columbia’s looking for a tongue-in-cheek adaptation (somewhat in the vein of Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man)?

The Green Hornet, originally a radio show from 1936 to 1952, chronicled the adventures of Brit Reid: newspaper publisher by day, crime fighter by night. The franchise has spread into television, comic books, and movie serials, but never as an official full-length feature.

Rogen is the latest name to be associated with the project. Kevin Smith and Ron Underwood were previously tapped to be directors, while George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Wahlberg, and Jason Scott Lee were all rumored to play Reid at one point or another.

Barring any unforeseen (though probably likely) circumstances, The Green Hornet will be in theaters 2009.

I know all winning streaks have to come to an end sometime, and I’m pretty sure SUPERBAD will be pretty awesome.  But its just not wise to try and tread in waters already parted by Mr. Smith.  Look at how many foolish film students have pawned all they owned, driven themselves into debt, and made an ass out of themselves all trying to follow the CLERKS business model.   Learn from their mistakes, Mr. Rogen.  Stick to, “Do you know how I know you’re gay….”

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~ by chrismcdevitt on July 20, 2007.

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