Seth Rogen, writer and co-star of the upcoming Green Hornet, told SCI FI Wire that the film will possess elements of both comedy and action.
"To me, the two aren't mutually exclusive," Rogen said in an interview last week in Los Angeles while promoting his upcoming 3-D animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens. "You can have a big action epic with a lot of funny parts."
Green Hornet is a big-screen adaptation of the superhero franchise, which was adapted as a popular 1960s television series and was inspired by the original radio program created in the 1930s. Hornet follows the adventures of Britt Reid, a bored playboy who inherits his father's crusading newspaper, the Daily Sentinel. By night he is a masked hero, fighting crime with his sidekick, Kato (Stephen Chow), who has incredible martial-arts skills. Rogen and his writer partner Evan Goldberg joined the project in July 20, 2007, as writers and co-executive producers.
Rogen, whose film projects to date have been primarily comedic in nature, said that the forthcoming update will evoke other action films that feature an undercurrent of humor.
"I've seen the early Indiana Jones movies in theaters, and they kill," Rogen said. "There's laughs throughout the whole thing, and it doesn't feel like a comedy per se. It just feels like something that's trying to solicit reactions from the audience, and we think of movies like True Lies and stuff like that. That's more kind of what we're going for with this."