Jurassic Park Scribe David Koepp to Pen The Green Hornet and Kato
Screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible) is set to pen the screenplay for Univeral Pictures and Amasia Entertainment’s The Green Hornet and Kato movie, according to TheWrap. It was announced back in April that the project was 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.
Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo will produce the film for Amasia Entertainment. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project.
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