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Schedule Changes: ‘The Green Hornet’ Pushed Back To Dec. 2010

Jackson Bishop at Collider noticed something funny at Box Office Mojo. The release date for “The Green Hornet” had suddenly been pushed back (yet again) to Dec. 17, but with little in the way of explanation. So, Drew McWeeny at Hitfix decided to ask star Seth Rogen upfront about the jump, and we get a little confirmation and explanation from him in the process after the jump:

“We’re both relieved and psyched about the change.  It gives more time for post, 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.  We got the same date that movies like ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘Avatar’ are getting, so we’re thrilled to be there.”

Sounds good to me. As Jackson points out, the move from the previous July 7 date frees itself from landing in the middle of Cameron Diaz’s “Witchita” (July 2) and Nick Cage’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (July16), who both signed on to star in “Hornet” recently.

As I mentioned, this isn’t the first bump in the road for The Black Beauty and co.

Via IMDB:  Mirimax had tasked Kevin Smith to write and direct the film, but he pulled out due to the fact that the budget was much larger than he was used to. Eventually, Columbia Pictures purchased the rights and had Seth Rogen set to write and star. Stephen Chow was chosen to direct and star as Kato, The Green Hornet’s martial arts sidekick and driver, but he dropped out of directing and later starring. Finally, Michael Gondry was brought aboard to direct and he has been piecing the film back together ever since.

Gondry certainly brings alot to the table, having written and directed the excellent and critically acclaimed “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (93%) while also pulling double duty on “The Science of Sleep” (69%) and “Be Kind Rewind” (65%). However, none of these films are quite like a big-budget action film, so it should be interesting to see what Gondry does with “Hornet”.



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