"Green Hornet" and "Kung Fu" Adaptations On the Way

When there are no more original ideas left in Hollywood, the remakes shall roam the multiplex. And here's two more! "The Green Hornet" looks to be making a resurrection (yet again), plus there seems to be some movement on a big-screen version of "Kung Fu."

First off, it seems that actor David Carradine is a little bit miffed about the direction Warner Bros. wants to take with their "Kung Fu" adaptation. Apparently the plan is to go back and remake the pilot episode, but Carradine thinks it should go another way: "I can?t imagine how they can expect to get a huge audience with somebody else playing Kwai Chang Caine because I?m entirely too identified with it. I ought to know because I have to live with it. But the sensible thing that they should do is a sequel where we see what the hell happened to this guy. What?s he like in 1906?"

The actor also expresses some general frustration with the WB people: "Years ago I got tired of trying to convince Warner Bros of my opinions about things. I got other things to do. If they want me involved in any of these projects I would certainly think about it. But I?ve got so much on my plate, I don?t need it and I am getting tired of talking about it."

In other remake news, it looks like producer Neal Moritz has a hankering to bring "The Green Hornet" back to the screen. (This is the project that Kevin Smith semi-started several years ago.) For those too young to know what the Hornet is all about, here's some info from a Sony press release: The story's about a "bored playboy whose life is changed when he inherits his father's crusading newspaper, The Daily Sentinel. He saves the life of Kato, a Japanese man with incredible technical and martial-arts skills, who becomes Britt's closest ally -- and transforms Britt's car into the supercharged Black Beauty, which gives them an edge as they search for evidence to expose the city's underworld in the newspaper. When Britt and Kato witness a brutal mob hit, Britt invents his secret identity -- taking his name from his powerful car's defective horn. A skilled fighter and expert marksman, the Green Hornet uses two special, non-lethal guns to subdue criminals: One fires a potent knock-out gas while the other produces the 'Hornet's Sting' -- an electric shock."

No word on who'll be writing / directing the "Green Hornet" flick, but with Neal Moritz producing, you can bet it'll be broad, flashy and full of action.

Sources: SuicideGirls.com, IGN Movies

Comments

Mikeal420

David Goldman

Carradine has definitly developed an ego based around this one role. Thirty years from now if someone tries to reprise his role in Kill Bill he'll be one cranky old man. I think these projects sound exciting- I've always been a fan of the "Green Hornet" series, despite the racist stereotypes. Kung-Fu sounds like a promising film- (never grew up with the show so I can not consider this sacrilege).

I also love East-Asian cinema, paticularly the films coming out of Mainland China (NOT Hong Kong) any infuence that comes this way is a good thing in my eyes.

Also, I know everyone is going to want Tony Jaa as Kato but lets face it, Tony Jaa cannot play a sidekick. His already hyped up action skills would overshadow any leading actor( the same way Bruce Lee was accused of doing, who I heard hated playing Kato to begin with). They need a undiscovered actor to play that role.

Mar 21 - 08:09 AM

arendr

Arend Anton

maybe david carradine should play kato!

Mar 21 - 11:51 AM

mojodaddy

joe fish

Is it just me, or is today a Sci-fi/Superhero lover's dream news day?

Mar 21 - 02:40 PM

highdough

Richard Blascock

Considering Bruce Lee was SUPPOSED to star in Kung Fu, I'd I'd be willing to see someone else try out the role. Anyone remember Carradine trying to resurect the series several years ago? That was pretty bad.

Mar 22 - 01:29 AM

Mikeal420

David Goldman

I forgot all about that, man that new series sucked-- one of the many crappy shows TNT put out- remember thier Superman and Indian Jones series also??

Mar 22 - 10:17 AM

Mikeal420

David Goldman

I forgot all about that, man that new series sucked-- one of the many crappy shows TNT put out- remember thier Superman and Indian Jones series also??

Mar 22 - 10:17 AM

GumBear

Jakkrit Srivali

Definitely Tony Jaa as Kato in The Green Hornet. It's a role that doesn't require much speaking but extraordinary physical prowess. Only Tony has the chops to match Bruce Lee. Besides, he's a humble, easygoing guy, so he shouldn't feel any resentment at playing the sidekick.

David Carradine has a point about making a sequel to Kung Fu rather than a remake. Put Kwai Chang Caine in the big city for a change, running up against gangs and big-city corruption, rather than wandering from small town to small town. After all, he'd found his long-lost half-brother by the end of the series.

Mar 23 - 02:01 AM

blademaster75

kevin mcmahon

[b]For your information[/b]
Bruce Lee was never ever supposed to be in the show Kung Fu, this is an urban legend and myth. I am good friends with David Carradine and he has made this very clear on more than one occasion.

Mar 23 - 05:47 PM

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