Sep 23, 2008 03:28 PM EST

Chow To Direct and Star In The Green Hornet

Columbia Pictures has announced that Stephen Chow  has signed on to direct and star in the upcoming film, "The Green Hornet".  Chow will be playing the character of Kato, opposite Seth Rogen.  Rogen will play the title role, but also co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg.

Chow, famous for films Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7, and Shaolin Soccer, said, "I'm excited to be taking on 'The Green Hornet' -- obviously, I've been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid. The idea of stepping into Bruce Lee's shoes as Kato is both humbling and thrilling, and to get the chance to direct the project as my American movie debut is simply a dream come true. I'm grateful to my friends at Sony, who have shown so much faith in me for so many years. I'm looking forward to working with Seth, Evan, Neal, and the team at Sony, and I'm eager to get started."

Matt Tolmach said  "When Seth, Evan, and Neal said they wanted Stephen Chow to be part of 'The Green Hornet,' it was a fantasy. Now that it's happening, it's almost too good to be true. Stephen's been a very important part of the Sony family for many years, so it's truly serendipitous for us to be moving forward with him directing the movie and starring as Kato."

Others also commented excitedly abut Chow signing on. Seth Rogen said that Stephen Chow "was always my and Evan's first choice for director and to play Kato. We just hope that he never finds out we're not the Wachowski Brothers."  He also said that "It's a very intense action movie and the relationship between Green Hornet and Kato, a lot of comedy comes from that. At first actually, we weren't even sure going in we could be more of a Jet Li type guy who maybe isn't the funniest guy in the world, but he's physically very impressive, or whether it would be more of a Stephen Chow type guy who can do martial arts, but clearly has a sense of humor. In the version that we've made it seems like a Stephen Chow type guy would be more suitable for the role. Again, until they officially greenlight it, it's hard to make any of those decisions."

"The Green Hornet" is scheduled for a 2010 release date.
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