Sites like Cinema Blend took up the story, which fed into a lot of initial concerns about the hiring of Seth Rogen and director Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Sony spokesperson Steve Elzer responded by saying that the IESB story was "complete garbage." Studio execs had only seen about a third of the movie, Elzer said. "What we have seen is outstanding. The piece is unfounded."
Word is The Green Hornet is visually stunning--as you would expect--with strong performances and action sequences, and not at all campy. But does it add up to a commercial movie that audiences want to see?
Over at Summit, a company spokesman insists that contrary to a widely disseminated report from Lainey Gossip about the need for lengthy reshoots--without director David Slade--on the Twilight sequel Eclipse in Vancouver, the company has long planned to do two to three days of "pick-ups" with Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Vancouver, in the next few weeks. The spokesman (who called Lainey Gossip Vancouver's Perez Hilton) would not specify the exact shots, but asserted that Slade would be in charge (the story rather improbably suggested that Summit was seeking help from ex-Twilighters Chris Weitz and Catherine Hardwicke). Summit is so over-the-top in their praise of the director, in fact, that they say this movie could be "the best of the three."
Where there's smoke there's fire. There's no way that Gondry is directing a Green Hornet with Seth Rogen that will resemble a commercial studio movie--it will be movie that I might want to see, though. As for Summit, while Slade is a strong director, he always seemed like a very macho choice for a romantic franchise aimed at women.