After switching directors and actors a couple times, Sony landed on the rather bizarre decision to give Michel Gondry control over the upcoming Green Hornet adaptation. Could it be that this decision has come back to bite them in the ass? Well, according to IESB, Sony is not too happy with Gondry and Seth Rogan’s efforts at a Green Hornet movie.
What we’re hearing is the Sony executives are displeased with the results. The tone is too campy, they’re not happy with the work from director Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen does not look the part. At all. In fact, the feeling at Sony is the movie is a disaster. That sucks to hear because frankly I’m a big fan of both Rogen and Gondry. I was really hoping they’d make something worthwhile.
Whenever a production company is expressing a lack of faith in their film, there is cause for worry. Though one has to wonder how Sony didn’t expect a Green Hornet movie to be campy. Especially after considering Stephen Chow for director.
Despite this bit of off the record disapproval, MovieWeb is reporting that Sony rep Steve Elzer remains optimistic about the project, saying:
“The stuff that has been shown to us is remarkable. We fully support [Gondry] and are confident in the direction he is heading.” The original story, which Elzer called, “complete garbage,” claimed that the studio wasn’t happy with director Michel Gondry’s take on the film, but it was said that the studio has only seen about one-third of the film so far and Elzer added that, “What we have seen is outstanding.”
It’s possible that they never lacked faith to begin with, but it seems equally likely that Elzer was just trying to cover up a bit of bad publicity. Either way, I remain enthusiastic about the project, and am looking forward to seeing the final product on December 22nd.