In the original radio serials, there was a link between The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger, with the Hornet being a descendant of the Ranger's nephew. It seems that Michael Gondry, who is going to be directing The Green Hornet film, plans to incorporate some of that, as he told MTV.
The connection was originally explained in the radio show for The Green Hornet, but that connection began to fade as the networks connected The Green Hornet's television incarnation to the Adam West-starring Batman. It recently resurfaced in the comic book incarnations of the characters, but now that both The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger are being put into film form, how much of a connection could be made is up in the air, especially since both films are coming from different studios.
That said, Gondry plans to include some reference, even though he can't do anything to directly tie in to the Bruckherimer directed film. "I'm all for making such references," Gondry said, and explained what his idea for such a connection would be. "I've suggested that in a cemetery [scene] we would see the horse of the Lone Ranger," Gondry explained, saying that we'll see a headstone marking the grave of the masked ranger's white horse Silver.
Gondry has other plans to please the fans, including possibly finding a cameo opportunity for Van Williams, who played the Hornet in the 1960's The Green Hornet.
The Green Hornet follows the exploits of Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), a wealthy heir to his father's newspaper franchise, The Daily Sentinel, who fights crime in the city at night, alongside his trusty martial-arts expert sidekick, Kato. Michael Gondry will direct the script co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The Green Hornet battles his way into theatres June 25, 2010.