Green Hornet and Kato Film Rights Optioned by Universal

Universal has optioned the rights to The Green Hornet and Kato, which comes from Amasia Entertainment.

The Green Hornet may just return to the big-screen again sooner rather than later.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has optioned the rights to The Green Hornet and Kato from former Marvel Studios President Michael Helfant’s Amasia Entertainment. The project will soon begin the search for writers.

In a statement on the project, Helfant expressed his desire to make a film “existing fans will love, and new fans will love to discover.”

Created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, Britt Reid — the titular Green Hornet — made his debut in an eponymous radio program in 1936. The genius detective and newspaper publisher fought crime alongside his partner Kato. In their adventures, the two often employed the technologically advanced Black Beauty car to help defeat crime. The immensely popular Green Hornet appeared in serials in the 1940s, and, in the ’60s, Bruce Lee starred as Kato in a TV series based on the property. There was also a Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen as the titular hero released in 2011, which earned $227.8 million at the box office and mixed reviews from critics. Amasia acquired the rights to the franchise in January following a bidding war.

Universal was the production company behind the Green Hornet serials in the 1940s. Hellfant addressed working with Universal on the project, saying, “It feels like we are merging the past and the future, creating a contemporary version of the franchise that is fresh and exciting while respecting its long legacy and history.”

Green Hornet and Kato does not currently have a release date or casting information.

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