Bad news for fans of Seth Rogan’s 2011 version of ‘The Green Hornet’… All 7 of you. The hornet has been swatted.
While promoting his newest film, ’21 Jump Street’, producer Neal Moritz shared with The Hollywood Reporter why the Michel Gondry-directed action-comedy won’t be getting a sequel any time soon.
In the interview, THR asked Moritz about how far the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise can go. When he talked about doing more because of how well liked that series is, especially the latest installment, he was asked if ‘The Green Hornet’ was an example of a movie that wasn’t liked enough to warrant a sequel. Moritz responded by saying:
“The problem wasn’t that. The movie did almost $250 million and was actually very well liked, but we made the movie for too much money. One, we made it in L.A. for certain reasons, and two, we decided to go to 3D — that added another $10 million. If I had done it in a tax-rebate state and not done 3D, it would have been considered a huge financial success for the studio. So we’re not making a sequel right now.”
I’m not really sure who Moritz has been talking to, but I don’t know anyone who would consider the film “well liked”. Even though I personally was not as familiar with the source material as much as some people, I had a vague idea of what I was supposed to see because of the show featuring Bruce Lee. While I am a fan of Gondry, and I didn’t mind Jay Chou (although I wish Stephen Chow stayed on the project), ‘The Green Hornet’ fell flat in all areas and was simply forgettable to me.
Sorry, Seth Rogan. I guess you won’t be stepping back into the Hornet’s shoes any time soon, and most of the movie-going public says good riddance.