Green Hornet loses its Kato: Chow is out

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Is Seth Rogen's Green Hornet in trouble?

First came news that Columbia Pictures had pushed director Michel Gondry's radio/TV-serial adaptation back two weeks, to July 9, 2010.

Now comes word that martial-arts actor/director Stephen Chow has dropped out of the pivotal role of Kato.

Here's what The Hollywood Reporter said:

The actor-filmmaker has walked away from Columbia's Green Hornet feature after what the studio characterized as a "mutual and amicable decision by both sides to move on."

Seth Rogen is starring in the big-screen treatment of the crime-fighting hero, with Michel Gondry directing.

Chow initially was the director of the project but dropped out in December because of creative differences. At the time, the CAA-repped actor still was on board to play the Hornet's sidekick and chauffeur.

The good news is that The Box's Cameron Diaz is still on board as the female lead, and that production is on track to begin in September.