Michel Gondry directing Green hornet

Be Kind, Rewind’s helmer taking on a hero

Name all the people you thought might take over from Stephen Chow in the director’s chair of Green Hornet.

We bet you Michel Gondry’s name wasn’t on the list.

But it’s true – Variety reports that the man behind Be Kind, Rewind, The Science Of Sleep and the wonderful Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is taking the job.

Co-writer Seth Rogen is still down to star as publisher-turned-masked hero Britt Reid, who battles crime with sidekick Kato, and things are looking up on the production front as the film will now apparently start shooting later in the year.

Rogen tells MTV that it was his idea to nab Gondry.

"With the permission of nobody, I sent him our script ... to get his input and ideally convince the studio to meet with him. They were skeptical of ... I wouldn't say his ability to make a giant budget studio movie, but his willingness to make a giant budget studio movie. But he loved the script, he totally got it, which a lot of potential directors just didn't."

And Gondry seems so enthused about the idea, he's already working on it. "To convince the studio to let him do it, he filmed a fight scene on his own," says Rogen. "He just hired stunt men and did it by himself!

"Just to show some of the stuff he could do, some of the weird filming techniques he has and some of the stuff he can pull off. I mean, this is something he did in two days and it was instantly unlike anything you've ever seen before. It was impossible not to hire him once he presented what he could do for it."

Hopefully, Chow may still make time to co-star as Kato in the film - we'd still love to see what he'll do with the role.

Combined with Gondry's style, this could be something really interesting.

[Source: Variety]

Do you think Gondry is the right man for the job? Who would you pick?

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