Sony plans to move forward with an unusual seeming superhero film starring Seth Rogen. Rogen will star in (and co-write) The Green Hornet, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly. The star of Knocked Up is writing the script with frequent writing partner Evan Goldberg.
The Green Hornet is actually Britt Reid, a playboy who inherits his father's newspaper and then fights crime with his sidekick Kato. In an unusual move, the Hornet is considered by both the authorities and members of the underworld to be a crime boss himself, which allows Reid to pursue some crime-fighting tactics closed off to most vigilantes.
The character was created by Fran Striker and George Trendle, who also created The Lone Ranger. Originally conceived for radio, The Green Hornet has been adapted to film, television and comics.
At the present, no director has been signed for the film, nor has a casting announcement been made for Kato (though Rogen has mentioned wanting Stephen Chow for the role). What has been announced is a release date. Expect to see The Green Hornet on June 25, 2010.