Stephen Chow, director of CJ7, Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, has been announced as the director of Columbia Pictures The Green Hornet movie. As well as calling the shots, though, Chow will star in the movie, too, as Kato alongside Seth Rogen’s Brit Reid.
Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, says of the announcement: “When Seth [Rogen], Evan [Goldberg] and Neal [Moritz, the film’s producer] 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.”
“I’ve been a huge fan of the show since I was a kid,” Chow says of the Hornet’s ancestry. “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.” The film, which is scripted by Rogen and his long time collaborator Evan Goldberg, is slated for release in June 2010.