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Evan Goldberg: 'Green Hornet' Sequel Already Mapped Out; Sony Said "Never" To Gondry At First

by Edward Davis
January 11, 2011 4:01 AM
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"Green Hornet" hits theaters this weekend, Friday January 14, so we thought we'd re-run some great interviews we conducted with writer Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") last year.

While producer Neil Moritz played coy about a "Green Hornet" sequel when he talked to the Playlist last year saying, "Maybe, we'll see [how it does]," others on the creative team were not as evasive.

An interview with director Michel Gondry gave us a tiny bit more info, but admittedly it wasn't much. "Yeah, we have some ideas," he said noting that it's probably all about the box-office. "We've come up with an idea, but who knows."

But as usual, 'Green Hornet' screenwriter Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") -- who was candid enough to tell us all kinds of things, including why they parted ways with Stephen Chow, news on
"Sausage Party" a new film with Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, and details on the hockey comedy "Goon" starring Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott -- was much more forthcoming.

When we asked point blank, "are you considering a 'Green Hornet 2' yet?" He gave an emphatic "yes" response.

"You don’t make a movie like this without considering the sequel. Yeah, we have the whole plot planned out, which is kind of what we would have done in the first place."

And while Sony, Moritz and others claim they welcomed director Michel Gondry with open arms, Goldberg said they needed major assurance at first.

"They definitely needed convincing. And he convinced the hell of out them with a fight sequence he brought in," Goldberg noted. "None of us had ever seen anything like it. And he said, 'You know what I can do. I’m going to prove to you that I can do things you might not think I can.' And it worked. They literally said, 'Michel Gondry? Never." And he came in and blew everyone’s mind away, showing he could do action."

"The Green Hornet" opens January 14, in post-conversion 3D. Though Goldberg has no problem with that. -- Reporting by Drew Morton Stay tuned for our review later in the week.

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9 Comments

  • dave | September 22, 2011 11:50 AMReply

    when one adds up al lthe money spent on making the film, distirbuiting it, and advertising it all over the world, the film didnt even break even, despite being put out i nthe time of year with the weakest competition, and put into 3d at the last minute to inflate ticket price. there isn't going to be a sequel. Rogen's pathetic rape of the Green Hornet is dead and buried.

  • Hans | July 15, 2011 10:46 AMReply

    Love this movie, it's so different from the rest of the Batman-style Superheroes. It feels very european - there's room for serious business and comedy alongside each other, and the insecure villain is a VERY european inclusion - nice going, Hollywood.

  • ti | May 27, 2011 11:57 AMReply

    this film is so much fun, I actually like the fact it was misunderstood. hopefully people will come round in time for a sequel. Hail Gondry

  • dron | May 10, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    I think This was the best superhero movie to come out since the original superman no doubt a sequel shoukd be in high demand and personally i feel seth rogen did the best work on this film and cant wait to see more of what happend at the climax where he gains the ability that kato uses. now dont get me wrong without Jay chou this movie would not be as good as it is not even jet li would have done a better job You Fraggin Rock Jay New Fan here for both seth and jay BEST MOVIE PERIOD Rodger P Williford

  • Producer A.Stansfield | April 17, 2011 12:37 PMReply

    A very good movie, full of action, comedy and it has a rather easy to follow storyline. Seth is a good actor. When critics destroy a movie, they don't realise how much time, effort, skill and money go into planning and producing a movie; e.g. "HornetSting"s comment, you just know they/him/her have no idea what the hell he/she's talking about. The Green Hornet was a success and if there was to be a sequel, i am very sure it would also be a success. Only one point has to be made however, the same talent from the first movie, have to carry on to the next, otherwise, I would personally lose interest. Congrats for The Green Hornet and to Evan Goldberg!

  • eric | April 15, 2011 4:05 AMReply

    word number two, I hear they were PISSED after they saw the result after asking the directer for an awsome summer superhero action flick. I was pissed!
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  • Tenzin | April 10, 2011 2:12 AMReply

    I actually kind of liked it although I have to say Kata was a far more interesting character than the one Seth Rogen played

  • DC | February 13, 2011 7:06 AMReply

    I didn't think the movie was bad. I rather enjoyed it, but it wasn't some masterpiece. The audience had a good laugh in some scenes, and while others were kind of silly to watch, they did a pretty good job. I wouldn't mind a sequel as long as they really pull it off and don't half-ass it like they do with other sequel-prone movies these days.

  • HornetSting | February 11, 2011 7:35 AMReply

    This movie sucks. A sequel is pointless unless they cast a real Hornet. Seth Rogen is a big, fat, pile of dog crap. No skill and he stinks.

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