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Enter the Dragon – Remake could star Stephen Chow, Frank Black and Anne Hathaway

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Stephen Chow is the great actor / director behind films such as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Chow had been due to appear as Kato in The Green Hornet film, but that all fell apart. News on the grapevine is that he is about to make his English speaking debut in a film called Tai Chi. Twitch had the news that this is to be a remake of the classic Bruce Lee film, Enter the Dragon.

If this new story is more than a rumour then the remake will co-star Jack Black and Anne Hathaway.

Channel News Asia says that Tai Chi will have a $60 million budget and will be produced by the China Film Group Corporation and “an unnamed American film company.”

The film tells the story of a Chinese migrant in the US (played by Chow) who works as a dishwasher in Chinatown and hides his skills as a Tai Chi master. He is forced to stand up to gangsters who oppress his fellow migrants and later gets invited to start martial arts schools to share his knowledge.

Chow, a big fan of the late kung fu legend Bruce Lee, reportedly went to great lengths to make sure the script was perfect. He continously refined the script for almost two years and pushed back the production date.

The only other recent news about an Enter the Dragon remake was for one starring Rain (Ninja Assassin). That one is by writer/director Kurt Sutter and titled Awaken the Dragon but things have been quiet for that one.

I still see no need to remake Enter the Dragon, but if anyone is going to do it then Chow could just be the one to do it. I do hope that he doesn’t try and make it a comedy though as that just wouldn’t seem right. As for Black and Hathaway’s involvement I could see it working, but having Black involved would again raise the prospect of this remake have some comedy elements to it. Mind you part of me would want to see him as the Jim Kelly character with the big afro, but that is a very small part of me and even that knows it is wrong. If Black was going to play one of the main characters then I suppose he has more of a resemblance to John Saxon.

If this does happen would you be happen to see a Stephen Chow version of Enter the Dragon? What would have to be in it to work and who could play the villainous Han?

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Jump – Breakdancing Martial Arts girl in a film written by Stephen Chow

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

Written by Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle), a naive farm girl’s (Kitty Zhang) life changes, after becoming a media sensation for perfecting her own hip-hop martial arts dancing style. Li Weilian plays the leading role as the girl’s romantic interest.

Directed by Stephen Fung.

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Nicolas Cage has left The Green Hornet but The Hungry Rabbit Jumps

Posted by LiveFor on September 9, 2009

cageAccording to Heat Vision, Nicolas Cage has bowed out of playing the villain in Columbia Pictures The Green Hornet.

The film is being helmed by Michel Gondry.

It seems the actor and the studio couldn’t come to terms on the actor’s deal. Columbia is currently looking for a replacement.

The Green Hornet seems to be plagued with changes in cast in crew. First Stephen Chow was going to be Kato, then direct it, then not direct it, then he left it completely. Now this with Cage. A bit of a shame really as it would be good to see Cage as a bad guy again. His manic tics, shouting, pointing and furrowed brow could have worked quite well for this film.

The film just started shooting in Los Angeles and no scenes have been shot that contained Cage’s character.

Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou star in this film.

However, as well as Kick-Ass, Drive Angry and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Cage has also signed onto The Hungry Rabbit Jumps.

Heat Vision blog reports on the film. Cage is “a man whose wife is the victim of a brutal crime. He subsequently becomes entangled with an underground vigilante organization.”

This one will be directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The Bounty, The Bank Job).

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Nicolas Cage to be the big bad in The Green Hornet

Posted by LiveFor on July 21, 2009

Stephen Chow is out so they are looking for a new Kato. Seth Rogen has been getting in shape to play the titular hero and Cameron Diaz was recently announced to star in the Michel Gondry directed film that may be funny, may be dramatic, may be whatever as they are still unsure what direction to take the film in.

Now Variety announced that Nicolas Cage – he of the pointing, shouting, twitching and variable hair – is in the early stages of playing the Gangster Villain of the piece.

I know in the past I have given the Cagester some stick, but I do like him. It is just that lately he has made some naff decisions with regards scripts and the way to play the characters he portrays. He seems to have been just going through the motions and become a parody of his former self.

Maybe, just maybe, with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and now this he may get himself back on the cool map. All depends on the length of his hair when he plays the part. I really must write up my theory on Cage’s hair length versus the quality of his films.

Do you think Cage will be a good bad guy in the Green Hornet? Should he play it loud and crazy or quiet and subtle?

Source: First Showing

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Michel Gondry to direct The Green Lantern…well the Green part is right!

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2009

Michel Gondry is in negotiations to direct The Green Hornet, Columbia’s big-screen treatment of the classic crime-fighting hero being portrayed by Seth Rogen.

Stephen Chow had been tapped to direct but dropped out over creative differences. He is still expected to co-star as Kato, the Hornet’s trusty sidekick and chauffeur.

Since Chow’s departure, the project has been the subject of speculation that it was sliding into development hell, but the studio is intent on making the feature one of its 2010 tentpoles.

The choice of Gondry, the helmer behind off-the-beaten-path films such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep” and “Be Kind Rewind,” signals that the creative direction the studio and the film’s producer, Neal Moritz, are trying to take the project is one not usually associated with the usual crime-fighter movie.

“Hornet” follows the adventures of Britt Reid, a bored playboy who inherits his father’s crusading newspaper, the Daily Sentinel. By night he is a masked hero, fighting crime with his sidekick Kato, who has incredible martial arts skills.

Now I love Gondry’s style but not sure if it is the right thing for the Hornet. Think he would be perfect for a weird, bizarre comic book hero such as The Creeper or Ambush Bug (probably lots more but my mind has gone blank), but the Green Hornet is more real world based. Whatever happens it will be a visual feast if Gondry stays on board.

What do you make of the news?

Source: THR

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Anne Hathaway and Jack Black to star in Stephen Chow’s superhero comedy

Posted by LiveFor on February 7, 2009

Stephen Chow, whose Kung Fu Hustle was the highest grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. in 2005, will write and direct a Hollywood comedy starring himself and American actor Jack Black, the Oriental Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing Wei Dasen, a representative from Chow’s company.

In December, Stephen Chow resigned as director and co-star of a Hollywood remake of Bruce Lee’s 1966 TV series The Green Hornet. The movie was supposed to be Chow’s first Hollywood appearance. He told the media the reason for his resignation was he was busy arranging other projects.

Wei from Chow’s company says the actor-director is currently writing the screenplay for the new film. “It will be about a superhero, action-packed, special effects-rich, and of course funny.”

Anne Hathaway (Get Smart, Rachel Getting Married) is likely to star in the unnamed film, according to Wei.

Chinese media cited sources close to Chow as saying that the film will be similar in style to Kung Fu Hustle.

Source: China.Org

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UPDATED: The Green Hornet Lives and Adam Sandler could be joining him

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2009

There was a rumour knocking about the other day that The Green Hornet was being put to sleep by Sony.

However, a recent update from the film’s writer and star, Seth Rogen, shows that rumor is not true.
Rogen contacted HitFix and told them that Sony still has every intention of making it.
“[The studio heads] have every intention on making it, and assuming we’re able to hire a new director in the upcoming weeks, which seems like a distinct possibility, it should still hit the release date,”
Not only is he starring in the film and co-writing it, but he’s also producing, which means he is in the know as to what will happen.
So it looks like Sony is still going ahead with The Green Hornet and they’re trying to find a new director. And according to AICN, it looks like Stephen Chow also still remains attached as Kato.
UPDATE: The LA Times says that Adam Sandler will be taking on “a brief but key role in the movie as a certain surprise superhero.” I’ve no idea who that could be. Maybe The Shadow or Doc Savage maybe?

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Why remake it? Jaden Smith to be The Karate Kid

Posted by LiveFor on November 11, 2008

Why oh Why oh Why Hollywood! Some remakes I can understand, but this just doesn’t need to be done at all. The one starring whatsherface, Hilary Swank, was a big pile of (rhymes with Swank) and now this sounds crapola.

Variety confirms that Jaden will star in a “refashioned” remake of the 1980’s classic, The Karate Kid. Want more naffness, the film will be set in an exotic locale, with a shoot planned for next year in Beijing. Chris Murphy’s screenplay is said to “borrow elements” from the original film, and is not a strict remake.

Jaden, an avid practitioner of karate, made his big screen debut as Will Smith’s son, which must have been hard to act, in Pursuit of Happyness. He can be seen next in The Day the Earth Stood Still. No word on if Stephen Chow will be involved as was originally rumoured (he was meant to be Mr Miyagi). He will be busy with The Green Hornet.

For this rumour I hope it gets wiped off! See what I did there? I look forward to Chisholm’s thoughts on this remake news.

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Seth Rogen really has slimmed down for the Green Hornet

Posted by LiveFor on November 1, 2008

The photo below shows jusy how much Seth Rogen has slimmed down for filming on Stephen Chow’s The Green Hornet, which Rogen and Evan Goldberg are co-writing. The photo on the left is from the 17th November 2007. The one on the left is from the 20th October 2008.
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The Green Hornet – Stephen Chow to star and direct

Posted by LiveFor on September 20, 2008

Stephen Chow, the Chinese director known for Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, will star in and direct The Green Hornet. Chow had long been rumored to be Seth Rogen’s top choice for the character of Kato, the Green Hornet’s sidekick. But now we learn that not only will he take on that role, but he’s going to direct the film as well. Bruce Lee previously played Kato on the classic TV show, but now it’s time for Stephen Chow to step in.

In a previous interview with ComingSoon, Rogen explained that his version of The Green Hornet is “a very intense action movie and the relationship between Green Hornet and Kato, a lot of comedy comes from that.” He mentions that they weren’t sure whether they wanted a Kato with more humor or not, but decided “in the version that we’ve made it seems like a Stephen Chow type guy would be more suitable for the role.” Hence why this is a dream come true for Rogen, and for all the fans, because this means Green Hornet now has the potential to turn out incredible. Anyone who has ever seen any of Chow’s previously films (including CJ7 earlier this year) knows that he can perfectly combine comedy and action.

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