Stephen Chow Quits The Green Hornet

By Josh Tyler 2008-12-19 01:41:41discussion comments
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When Stephen Chow was announced as the director of Seth Rogenís Green Hornet, it seemed like the perfect fit. The film is supposed to be a mix of superhero action and over the top, action-oriented comedy. Thatís Chowís forte, having pulled it off in great kung fu comedy movies like Kung Fu Hustle. It seemed like a match made in heaven, but the whole thing is already going to hell.

Variety reports that Chow is no longer directing The Green Hornet. Word is that Chow quit over creative differences. Except it seems they werenít big enough differences to make him sever his ties with the movie entirely. Heís still acting in the film, as the movieís second lead and The Green Hornetís sidekick Kato.

I canít imagine how that works. The direction their taking with the movie is good enough for him to act in, but not good enough to direct? Youíd think if heís appearing in the film and heís concerned about its direction creatively, then heíd want to retain as much control as possible, if only to protect his own performance. Or maybe itís not that heís opposed to what they want done with the movie, but rather than he doubts his ability to pull it off? This is Stephen Chow, insanity is his middle name. Itís hard to imagine either the studio or the filmís producers imagining anything which he canít handle.

Whatever the reason, Chow is out of the chair and The Green Hornet is looking for a new director. They expect to have a new helmer in place before the yearís over, which leaves them two weeks to get it done. Action-comedy with martial arts elementsÖ why do I smell Brett Ratner? Please god no.
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