Earlier this year it was announced that Amasia Entertainment had secured the feature film rights to The Green Hornet, and now comes word from Deadline that the company is teaming with Universal Pictures to develop a big screen reboot entitled The Green Hornet and Kato.
“The Green Hornet is one of the most iconic and beloved superhero tales ever created, and it has entertained generations of fans in every form of storytelling,” said Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer. “We are thrilled to be partnering with [Amasia co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo] and the entire Amasia team to launch an exciting new cinematic world for Britt Reid, Kato, and the Black Beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with global audiences soon.”
“Universal will be a great home for our new Green Hornet and Kato,” added Helfant. “The team at Universal share our passion and enthusiasm for the property and will devote the resources to launch a truly global franchise. And, it’s very cool that Universal was the original distributor of the 1940’s movie serials. Our goal is to make a film that existing fans will love, and new fans will love to discover. With Universal, it feels like we are merging the past and the future, creating a contemporary version of the franchise that is fresh and exciting while respecting its long legacy and history. I can’t wait!”
“The team at Universal completely understands the creative direction we want for The Green Hornet brand,” added Gallo. “Their sensibilities and relationships with writers, directors and actors are exceptional. And, the confluence of America and Asia is so important. Who better to partner with than a company that has such a major presence on both continents? We also know that Universal will align with our ‘film geek’ sensibilities and offer up a vision which respects the iconic world of The Green Hornet.”
Created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker back in 1936, The Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato have appeared across a host of media, including radio and movie serials, comics, books, a 1960s TV series starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee, and a 2011 feature film starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou.
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