Univeral & Amasia Entertainment Partnering on The Green Hornet and Kato
Deadline brings word that Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment are teaming up on the feature The Green Hornet and Kato, currently in development after Universal optioned the rights to the characters.
The characters were first created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker in 1936. The Green Hornet was one of early radio’s most popular adventure shows, predating Superman, before being turned into 1940s movie serials from Universal. A 1966 TV series, distributed by 20th Century Fox TV, followed, introducing Bruce Lee (Kato) to the United States. The story centered around Britt Reid owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Armed with knowledge from his sources, cool weapons, a supercar known as The Black Beauty, and teaming with his trusty aide Kato, Reid became The Green Hornet, a vigilante crime fighter wanted by the police and feared by the criminal world.
In 2011, Evan Goldberg and star Seth Rogen adapted and executive produced the action-comedy The Green Hornet, also starring Jay Chou, grossing $227.8 million at the worldwide box office.
“The Green Hornet is one of the most iconic and beloved superhero tales ever created, and it has entertained generations of fans in every form of storytelling. We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Bradley, and the entire Amasia team to launch an exciting new cinematic world for Britt Reid, Kato, and the Black Beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with global audiences soon,” said Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer.
Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo will produce the film for Amasia Entertainment.