We all know The Green Hornet has its issues, but this is ridiculous: There was an actual bomb scare on the L.A. set this week. What's next, an earthquake opens a fissure that swallows producer/star Seth Rogen whole?
According to a report on gossip site TMZ, someone found an unidentified metal object on the set yesterday, leading crew members to call in the bomb squad. The Los Angeles Police Department truck arrived to inspect the parking lot in L.A.'s Mid-Wilshire district, and, just to be on the safe side, the LAPD blew up the object with its remote-controlled bomb-handling robot.
As it turns out, the object wasn't a bomb. But the scare is only the latest on a list of troubles for the new incarnation of the superhero franchise: The production has been delayed, the release date was bumped, and Stephen Chow quit as director and later as the actor playing Kato. This after writers as diverse as Christopher McQuarrie and Kevin Smith tried and failed to adapt the material for film. Does it feel like someone doesn't want this movie to get made?
In the current version, Rogen plays Britt Reid, the newspaper entrepreneur by day and masked superhero by night. Jay Chou takes over the role of chauffeur/martial-arts expert Kato, Cameron Diaz is Lenore Case, and Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz plays the villain, Chudnofsky. Rogen has described the script, which he wrote with partner Evan Goldberg, as the story of a hero and his sidekick. Michel Gondry directs.
The Green Hornet is due in theaters Dec. 17, 2010, barring any more unforeseen problems. As TMZ says, we hope it's not a bomb, either.