Fans who have been eagerly awaiting for Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow to direct a Hollywood movie are going to have to wait a bit longer. Variety reports Chow has bowed out of helming the new superhero flick “The Green Hornet.”
Chow, who has enjoyed some American success with his films “Kung Fu Hustle” and “Shaolin Soccer,” agreed to direct “Hornet” last September after he was courted by producer Neal Moritz and screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Chow also signed on to star as the Hornet’s sidekick Kato, a role his hero Bruce Lee played in the 1960s TV series of the same name. However, according to the trade, Chow has stepped aside because of the dreaded “creative differences.” Strangely, he’s still expected to stay on as Kato.
Originating as a radio serial in the 1930s, the Hornet has gone through many incarnations and taken years to get to the big screen. Rogen, who has spent the last year or so getting in shape for the title role, has supposedly brought a funny, but still serious tone to the character. It seemed to be the perfect mesh with Chow’s sensibilities, but one can only assume someone in the mix got cold feet. In the meantime, the script is getting yet another polish and the studio is hoping to secure a new director by the end of the year in order to begin production in the spring.
On a happier note, Chow is hard at work on “Kung Fu Hustle II” which is expected to go in front of the cameras very soon.