Green Hornet’s release date may have been bumped back a few months, but the good news is that hasn’t slowed down the film’s production process. Sony announced today that filming has commenced on The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. Also new to the cast are Tom Wilkinson and David Harbour. Read the press release below!
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 2, 2009 – A classic character of film, television, radio and comic books returns to the big screen in Columbia Pictures’ feature film The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up) as the vigilante crime-fighter. Production is underway on the Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) helmed film, which is produced by Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend, The Fast and the Furious) and executive produced by Michael Grillo (The Accidental Tourist), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), Ori Marmur (Evan Almighty) and George W. Trendle, Jr. The screenplay is by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, based upon “The Green Hornet” radio series created by George W. Trendle and shoots entirely in Los Angeles. The film is set for release December 17, 2010.
In addition to Rogen, the film also stars Taiwanese actor-pop star Jay Chou as Kato, Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels, What Happens in Vegas), Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”), David Harbour (Revolutionary Road) and Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie). Nicolas Cage is also in negotiations to appear in the film.
Academy Award®-nominee John Schwartzman (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is the director of photography. Production designer is Owen Paterson (The Matrix Revolutions), Kym Barrett (Speed Racer) serves as costume designer and Michael Tronick (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is editing.
As y’all can probably see, there’s a brand new look on the site. While I did still like the previous one, it had been up since last year (!) so I felt we needed the change. This one is less flashy and bright, which I thought would make a nice change. I also love the 2003 Vanity Fair photoshoot, so that’s why I chose two pictures from it. I really hope you will enjoy the change. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Thanks!
James Mangold’s as-yet-untitled new thriller (it was previously known as Wichita, but now it’s just ‘Untitled Wichita Project’) has just added former Buffy star Marc Blucas to a cast which already includes Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Maggie Grace.
Blucas will play Diaz’s fireman ex-boyfriend, who’s “still smitten with her and becomes confused by the agent’s overtures of friendship”. Filming of the movie starts next month in Boston.
The upcoming Seth Rogen comic book movie, The Green Hornet has been pushed back a whopping 5 months, from its previous July 7th summer release date next year to December 17th. There’s been no official reason given for the move, but its star Rogen has responded himself to the news by saying:
“We’re both [me and Michel Gondry are] relieved and psyched about the change. It gives more time for post [-production], which would have been immensely rushed if we were to come out in the summer. It also affords us more time to promote the film, (now we can go to Comic-Con with more than a car!) and ultimately is a great vote of confidence from the studio.”
It has certainly been a rocky road for The Green Hornet, with one notable obstacle being Stephen Chow sadly dropping out, first as director, then as an actor in the role of the titular character’s sidekick, Kato. But with an extremely talented director coming on board in the form of Michel Gondry, and recently Nicolas Cage, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou being cast, it looked like things were firmly on the road for the release next summer.
However, as HitFix notes, principle photography hasn’t even started yet, and I don’t think with a project like The Green Hornet that anyone involved wants it to be rushed. Also, the highly anticipated (arguably even more than this movie) Predators would have made for heavy competition as it’s also scheduled to open on July 7th next year. On top of that, a December release sets The Green Hornet apart from all the other summer movies that it will compete with.
What do you think about The Green Hornet being delayed for a whole five months? Do you think it makes sense or should they have just kept the original summer release date?
Today is Cameron Diaz’s 37th birthday! A huge congratulations from us here at Cameron Diaz Fan, as well as all of your fans! We hope you get to spend a fantastic day with your loved ones, and hopefully a few presents are coming your way, too. Enjoy your birthday, and here’s to an even better coming year!
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I have added four new production stills from The Box. The sci-fi/thriller will hit US cinemas on November 6, this year. Check out the stills by clicking on the previews, as always. Also, read what director Richard Kelly said of Cameron’s performance below. Enjoy!
“It’s a very, very intense, emotional roller-coaster ride,” Kelly explained, claiming that Diaz’s performance is a particular strength of the film. “Cameron worked harder in this role than anyone; I’ve never seen an actor work harder than she did. In this role, she has a very specific Texas accent, and she has some physical disability issues with her character that she did very elegantly. Her character goes through a lot in this film, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Maggie Grace has joined James Mangold’s still-untitled spy flick, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
The film follows Diaz’s lonesome lady who turns up for a blind-date which ends up on a rollercoaster ride with super spy (Cruise) whose job is to guard a powerful and potentially infinite power source. Grace has been drafted to play the little sister about to get married with the expectation that Diaz will walk her down the aisle following the death of their father.
Mangold’s thriller shoot kicks off this October in Boston.