Stephen Chow has dropped out as director of The Green Hornet but will still play Kato in Columbia Pictures' comic book adaptation, reports Variety.
The studio and producer Neal Moritz are in the process of setting a new director to keep the picture on track to begin production by spring.
Chow, who directed and starred in Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, signed in September to direct the film and play the role originated in the TV series by Bruce Lee. He stepped out as director over creative differences.
The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and Rogen is starring as the masked crime fighter.