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WildBrain, a global leader in kids and family entertainment, has teamed up with renowned filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Kevin Smith to develop an original animated series based on the classic superhero franchise, Green Hornet. The new animated series will target a family audience and feature classic Green Hornet elements that fans know and love, including his ultra high-tech car, the “Black Beauty”. Set in contemporary times, the series will deliver some exciting new elements as it follows the adventures of a re-imagined Green Hornet and Kato – now the grown son of the original Green Hornet and the daughter of the original Kato – as they partner to battle crime in Century City! Kevin Smith is bringing his passion for superheroes to a new Green Hornet series with WildBrain The Green Hornet originated as a radio series created by George W. Trendle in the 1930s, telling the story of Britt Reid, the wealthy owner and publisher of the fictional newspaper, The Daily Sentinel. By day, Reid oversees his paper’s reporting on crime and injustice, but by night he dons his green mask and ventures across the city with his sidekick Kato – in their ultra high-tech car the “Black Beauty”– to battle criminals and villains head on. Over the decades, the Green Hornet franchise has spawned numerous comics series, toy lines, movie serials, a feature film and the classic 1966 live action TV series, which introduced future martial arts superstar Bruce Lee to North American audiences as Kato. Kevin Smith is best known as the creative force behind such indie classic films as Mallrats, Clerks, Chasing Amy and the Jay and Silent Bob franchise. A self-described “professional pop-culture junkie”, he entertains legions of his fans weekly with his podcasts and YouTube videos, providing exuberant and passionate views on comics, superheroes and pop culture. Smith has written numerous Green Hornet and Kato comics for Dynamite Entertainment, as well as Daredevil comics for Marvel and Green Arrow for DC. He also owns the comic-book store Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey, which was the subject of the reality television show Comic Book Men. The Green Hornet, Kato and Black Beauty are trademarks of The Green Hornet, Inc., which is represented by David Grace of Loeb & Loeb LLP.
The Green Hornet could be hitting theaters again as Amasia Entertainment has won the motion picture rights to the classic pulp crime-fighting hero. Amasia Entertainment is the studio banner of former Marvel Studios president Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher who dons a green mask and wields cool guns to fight crime. He is aided in this endeavor by partner Kato, with the two speeding around town in the futuristic car known as the Black Beauty. First heard in radio serials during the 1930s, the Green Hornet moved to the big screen during the 1940s and then to television during the 1960s which co-starred Bruce Lee in one of his first roles as Kato. In 2011, Sony brought the Green Hornet back to the movie screen with Michel Gondry directing and a cast of Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz. The movie didn't do very well at the box office and the studio decided against a sequel. Numerous studios have taken control of the Hornet rights but the rights lapsed as of last year. Helfant tried to develop a feature for Hornet when he was an executive at Dimernsion Films and sees Hornet more in the superhero and comic book mold "This is one of the only stand-alone classic superhero franchises,” Helfant said in a statement. “We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision of creator George W. Trendle." Gallo said he hoped to bridge “the film worlds of America and Asia” with the Hornet movies. Source: The Hollywood Reporter