The Green Hornet Is Getting Another Movie Reboot

When Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry brought The Green Hornet to the screen five years ago, it left many fans (and critics) somewhat disappointed. One prominent exception is director Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant), who found a silver lining in the movie’s shortcomings: it opened the door for him to tackle the same property. “As a kid, when most of my friends were into Superman and Batman, there was only one superhero who held my interest: The Green Hornet,” he told Deadline. “I always thought he was the baddest badass because he had no superpowers. The Green Hornet was a human superhero. And he didn’t wear a clown costume. And he was a criminal—in the eyes of the law—and in the eyes of the criminal world. So all this felt real to me.”


Since the original film failed to achieve blockbuster status, O’Connor has been granted permission to start from scratch, working in collaboration with Paramount Pictures and screenwriter Sean O’Keefe. “With the rights now in our loving hands, I’m beyond excited to bring The Green Hornet into the 21st century in a meaningful and relevant way; modernizing it and making it accessible to a whole new generation,” he said. “My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration. I want to re-mythologize The Green Hornet in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart.”

While O’Connor is only on board as a producer at this point, he already has several models in mind. “I think of this film as Batman upside down meets Bourne inside out by way of Chris Kyle,” he said, invoking the polarizing American Sniper protagonist. One film this reboot definitely won’t resemble is 2011’s The Green Hornet—which you can revisit in the trailer below.