Universal Pictures Moving Forward With THE GREEN HORNET AND KATO Reboot

Universal Pictures Moving Forward With THE GREEN HORNET AND KATO Reboot

Former Marvel Studios President Michael Helfant's production company Amasia has officially teamed with Universal Pictures for The Green Hornet and Kato, a reboot of the classic pulp property!

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to The Green Hornet and Kato from Amasia, the production banner which is run by former Marvel Studios President Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo. They acquired the film rights to the pulp franchise back in January. 

The title above has been made official, and it's expected that Kato will receive equal billing in both that and the film itself. Introduced through radio shows in the 1930s, The Green Hornet series (which has frequently found its way into comic books as well) revolves around Britt Reid, an American newspaper publisher who dons a mask to fight crime and protect his city.

He's joined in his crime-fighting adventures by his Asian valet and master martial artist Kato. 

"Our goal is to make a film that existing fans will love, and new fans will love to discover," said Helfant in a statement, pointing out that Universal actually made the 1940 serials as well. "With Universal, 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."

Gallo adds: "The confluence of America and Asia is so important. Who better to partner with than a company that has such a major presence on both continents? We also know that Universal will align with our 'film geek' sensibilities and offer up a vision which respects the iconic world of The Green Hornet."

A search for writers is expected to begin soon, and a director will likely be found shortly after.

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