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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

And the big movie news of the morning:

Kevin Smith, the maker of my favourite films, will be writing and directing a movie version of The Green Hornet! The movie is being made by Smith's home studio of Miramax. Smith figures he'll have a lot of freedom with than with other comic book adaptations, mainly because instead of being at the hands of committee (like when he wrote Superman Lives), he's now just answering to one guy: Miramax head Harvey Weinstein. Also, as Smith pointed out, a lot of people tend to remember the Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato...and that's all. Ergo, lots of room to reinvent.

They hope to begin filming near the end of the summer. Way back in the late-90s, it was rumored that George Clooney was going to play Brit Reid/The Green Hornet, and Jet Li was going to play his butler/sidekick Kato.

If you've never heard of the Green Hornet, here's what little I know. Bret Reid, billionaire playboy and publisher of a big city newspaper. By night, he dons a green mask and green trenchcoat and goes by the name of the Green Hornet, a shadowy vigillante.

And in a neat twist of "masked avenger" continuity, the Green Hornet's great uncle was...the Lone Ranger! It was the murder of Bret Reid's grandfather that drove John Reid to become the Lone Ranger. In fact, on the original Lone Ranger radio show, the Lone Ranger's search for his orphaned nephew (the Green Hornet's father) was a recurring plot line.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, "The Lone Ranger" and "The Green Hornet" were created by the same guy, and both originally as radio shows way back in the 20s and 30s.

Next Issue...Showtime!

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