Evan Goldberg, along with his longtime collaborator Seth Rogen are moving from the world of straight comedy to the realm of superheroes as they work on the script for an updated The Green Hornet. Additionally, the two are in advanced talks to bring Garth Ennis' The Boys to film, as they recently discussed in an interview with Empire Online.
The duo first revealed a bit about what fans can expect from The Green Hornet. "We decided to make it before he was the Green Hornet, when they [the Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato] had to work out their partnership," Goldberg said. "He's a bit of a dick and he's rude to Kato and it's about them coming to terms with one another, so the Green Hornet people know is three years later."
The Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher who operates by night as the crime-fighting Green Hornet. He is aided by his servant, Kato, and drives a tricked-out car named the Black Beauty. In a twist from most crime-fighters, most people believe that the Green Hornet is actually a crime boss. Reid uses this to get access to criminals in ways that most crime-fighters would not be able to. The character was originally created for radio, making his way to film serials, television and comic books. Seth Rogen is set to star as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet, and Stephen Chow is in talks to take the role of Kato.
The Boys is a bit more off the beaten track. Written by Garth Ennis, the comic follows a superpowered CIA squad who are charged with keeping the superheroes of that world in line. Goldberg describes the comic as "one of the most intelligent comics ever written." According to Goldberg, The Boys has the potential to shake up the superhero genre. "The reason this is a good thing to make is because it is not a normal superhero movie; the trick is we need to wait for a few more superhero movies to come out, so everyone gets superheroes and then we can be critical of the superhero."