O’Connor’s vision for a Green Hornet movie is much more gritty, and much less comedic than previous versions.
With the golden age of superhero movies in full swing, just about every comic property is getting a first, second, or even third look. So after the mixed bag that was the Michel Gondry / Seth Rogen / Sony Green Hornet adaptation from 2011, it’s not surprising someone’s taking another swing. This time, Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment have snagged the rights and director Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory, The Accountant) is taking the helm. According to Deadline, the hope is that they’ll make “a film that will overhaul the image of Britt Reid into an edgy protagonist capable of being the catalyst for a new franchise.” O’Connor will be working with screenwriter Sean O’Keefe (who recently adapted Watch Dogs for Ubisoft) on the adaptation.
Interestingly, this is something of a passion project for O’Connor, and he shared some details with Deadline regarding what he envisions.
What Are O’Connor’s Credentials as a Green Hornet Fan?
Pretty solid, actually. O’Connor said that he’s been wanting to make a Green Hornet movie since he got into the business of making movies. According to O’Connor, “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. 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.”
O’Connor added that he’s bee tracking the rights for the movie for almost 20 years now, watching as various other studios optioned the rights. Then, when he discovered they were available again, he got in contact with Peter Chernin so they could grab the rights and set the movie up at Paramount. “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. 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.”
What Are Some of the Theme’s O’Connor Hopes to Explore With The Green Hornet?
O’Connor is positioning the movie as ultimately being about self-discovery. He describes Britt Reid as being a man who’s lost faith in the system, and who’s at war with himself. “A secret war of self that’s connected to the absence of his father. It’s the dragon that’s lived with him that he needs to slay. And the journey he goes on to become The Green Hornet is the dramatization of it, and becomes Britt’s true self.” O’Connor calls Reid both an anti-Bruce Wayne and a modern Hamlet, struggling with whether he is a savior or destroyer, having made money doing bad things, but forgoing more money in the service of good, haunted by his father’s death, and ultimately fighting to overcome that and unlock the future.
He also sees Reid as a natural at undercover work, especially given a military backstory that sees him “cross-trained in intelligence work and kinetic operations.” As O’Connor succinctly puts it “We will put a vigilante engine under the hood of his character.”
So, what do you think? Are you ready for a new Green Hornet movie from Gavin O’Connor? Do you like where he’s taking the character?
Featured Image: Green Hornet Comic Series by Dynamite Comics