Seth Rogen on a GREEN HORNET Sequel: ‘Not Any Time in the Foreseeable Future’

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With Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet taking in almost $230 million worldwide (before home video), it is one of those films that could easily get a sequel.  After all, studios are always looking for franchises, and I’m sure Sony was hoping Green Hornet would be a big enough hit that everyone involved would want to make another one.  So when I sat down with Seth Rogen for 50/50 at the Toronto Film Festival, I asked about the status of a Green Hornet sequel.  He told me:

“Not any time in the foreseeable future.  It’s just not something we’re interested in right now.  It’s a lot more fun to make cheaper, much dirtier movies.”

Hit the jump for more.

Green-Hornet-movie-image-seth-rogenWhile I would never say The Green Hornet was a home run, I thought Rogen’s take on the material was inventive, and director Michel Gondry delivered an awesome, over-the-top third act.  Basically, I would be down with a sequel.

However, with a budget of $100 million and change, I can also understand why everyone involved might want to walk away, as the worldwide box office wasn’t exactly stellar.  It’s also a lot easier to make cheaper movies that don’t have to make hundreds of millions of dollars to make a profit.

Saying that, would you want to see a sequel to Green Hornet?  Let me know in the comments.  Here’s Rogen’s answer.  Look for the full interview for 50/50 in the next few days.  If you haven’t heard me say it, 50/50 is one of my favorite movies of 2011. Definitely recommended.

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  • mrtimdahill

    I was looking forward to seeing a 2nd one I thought the movie was very cool and seth rogen made an awesome super hero movie

    • Stuttering Stanley

      I would say I’m surprised about all the haters but the Internet is basically a place to talk crap and obviously everyone had their different opinions. I feel like green hornet was great I was really surprised! Sure bloodnofski was corny and the storyline was predictable but I still laughed at the stupid humor and enjoyed the crazy kato fight scences. I would like to see a sequel but it’s totally fine that it’s not going to happen. Sometimes if you take a movie for what it is and don’t analyze it you end up enjoying it.

  • Aaron

    Man I hope he’s right, Green Hornet was atrocious, it doesn’t need a sequel, it just needs to die!

  • Rukia

    I think Green Hornet is one of the worst films of the year. I’d be ecstatic if they never made another one.

  • Wolstenholme

    Green Hornet was utter crap…how anyone could’ve been entertained by it baffles me

  • james

    Gonna have to agree with the majority here. I wasn’t a big fan of Green Hornet. Good to know that they probably won’t be making another one.

  • tarek

    The green hornet was a crime against the cinema.

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  • leon

    i would love to see a sequel. The movie was quite fun. I actually enjoyed it.Chemistry between Seth and Jay was quite awesome. Definitely i want to see another one.

  • dabears

    I LOVED Green Hornet, still one of my favorites of the year, but Im glad they arent gonna make a sequel because I feel like it was one of those movies that was just such a perfect one-off

    and “Not in the foreseeable future” means no, I understand they cant say it but it bothers me that sometimes we cant take a hint

  • its not easy being green

    No no no. Rogen was quite terrible in it. I mean, he’s clearly a talented writer and could, I think, be a terrific character actor (see Superbad), but he makes such a terrible lead. Gondry should’ve been given free reign, which he quite clearly wasn’t. He would’ve hit it out of the park, you can see his flourishes in there. Too much of a culture clash between Rogen and Gondry and the movie paid the price. Give Gondry Thor 2 and stand back.

    • Anonymous

      who would you rather have seen as Britt Reid ? I mean yes Seth Rogan isn’t the best actor but he is one of the funniest. Although if I had a choice in the casting I don’t think there could have been a better
      pick for the role of Britt Reid. Mainly because of the movies genre of being a comedy action flick. But If it was strictly an action film I might have cast someone who has a great feel for the role of being a super hero actor with no super powers. Like the guy who played the punisher he was perfect for the role of the punisher.

    • Tyler

      who would you rather have seen as Britt Reid ? I mean yes Seth Rogan isn\’t the best actor but he is one of the funniest. Although if I had a choice in the casting I don\’t think there could have been a better
      pick for the role of Britt Reid. Mainly because of the movies genre of being a comedy action flick. But If it was strictly an action film I might have cast someone who has a great feel for the role of being a super hero actor with no super powers. Like the guy who played the punisher he was perfect for the role of the punisher.

      • Raul

        You said: “I don’t think there could have been a better
        pick for the role of Britt Reid. Mainly because of the movies genre of being a comedy action flick” Are u out of your mind? Seth Rogen was the worst miscast to play The Green Hornet. We,the hard -core fans,suggested some actors that could have played Britt Reid/Green Hornet .Having said that,the script was idiotic and painful. They should have given the responsibility to Christopher Nolan, he would have made a true to the source material,excellent film. Rogen just wanted to do the same crapy slap-stick comedy that he is used to doing. WHAT A WASTE!!!

  • ss

    I hope to see you play Britt Reid again in dirtier dirtier dirtier the green Hornet sequel.

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  • HYPNO TOAD

    You guys are nuts this movie should have a sequel. The action was pretty good albeit few and far between but now that the backstory has been laid.

    This means they can literally go anywhere with it and improve on the things they missed on, like casting cameron diaz.

    Kind of surprised by all the haters. You would think the people are tired of the same type of superhero. Rogens’ slub was a different and sometimes funny take on the genre.

    • Tarek

      Obviously the green hornet was made for guys like you. ^^

    • T. Van

      As someone who took a pass on this movie, I can’t speak to whether it was good or bad. What I can say is that comedies often laugh either with or at a genre (and, sometimes, both). Green Hornet impressed me as a movie that was attempting to do the latter— thus, my reason for taking a pasit

      While it was good to see an Asian male character that *wasn’t* castrated, that still wasn’t enough to make me watch it. I also like Rogen… but I found the the overall approach to this project more irritating than appealing. Gondry’s infamous “fascistic nerds” comment pretty much sealed the deal for me.

      So, have it your own way… just know that some of us are fine with letting this one fade into the sunset… and we aren’t “nuts.”

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  • AO TS

    The Green Hornet is fucking great. Fuck you haters, you pathetic no-taste, shit for brains, bottom-feeders.

    Just make the sequel cheaper and dirtier.

    • T. Van

      Perhaps I didn’t realize that Green Horner was an arthouse film that is a litmus test of a filmviewer’s taste. My mistake. However, I should note that you’ve described us incorrectly. According to the movie’s director, we’re “fascistic nerds.” As such, and with the majority opinion against you, you are to be flogged and imprisoned without trial.

      By the way… you, too, are a fascistic nerd.

  • Sugreev2001

    I don’t know what some of you were expecting out of Green Hornet !?
    Did any of you ever see the original TV show ? Like everything in the 60′s,that show was campy too.The writers were aware of it’s fanbase and wrote a decent action-comedy.It was never meant to be taken seriously and I enjoyed it because of that fact.It’s a throwback to the action-comedies from the late 80′s-early 90′s.I absolutely love the serious superhero movies,but Green Hornet was made perfectly in line.I would love to see a sequel in the future.

    • Tarek

      The problem is : It wasn’t that funny either.

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  • alwayspigeons

    The Green Hornet was by far my favorite movie of the year. It was a ton of fun, and Chou and Rogen were a great team. I’m with you, AO TS – make the sequel dirtier and cheaper (especially now that a sequel’s budget wouldn’t take into account all the false starts developing the project over the last two decades) – I want to see Jay Chou against more movie badasses, more ridiculous car chases, and possibly the return of a deformed James Franco.

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  • ozone4

    Ori, Neal, Seth…sorry to hear bout the Green Hornet thingy or whatever. It really did suck. guys. What were you thinking?! You HAD my screenplay. Oh well…call me.

    Ozone4
    La Mesa

  • dave

    i see Sony is still trying to spin the Hornets 228 million dollar world wide take as some kind of box office victory. however, when one adds up the production budget, the money spent advertising the film, and the money spent distributing it all over the world, you come up with a figure somewhere between 240 million and 300 million dollars. so this piece of trash couldnt break even, and it had to be put into 3d to even do that well…and it STILL couldnt break 100 million domestically despite being put out at the time of year with the weakest box office competition. This was a failure, and Rogen is trying to sell it like a “oh i just dont feel like doing it” kind of thing. thats nonsense. hes not doing it cause it was a critical and commercial flop. To put things in perspective, Wild Wild West, Van Helsing, anbd the infamous Batman and Robin al ldid similar numbers. I guess thsoe were hits too, right? give me a break Rogen, go back to obscurity, will ya?

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  • felix

    i thought seth did a great job as hornet and jay did his thing as kato..i was a huge fan of the tv show starring bruce lee as kato…seth is very funny in everything he does and kato would have made bruce lee proud.it had it all and satyed true to the tv series .seth if u read this.im waiting on the sequel.after peaople saw the 1st one and other people see the dvd.there going to watch the sequel.it will be a hit.u guys are another batman and robin just with humor.go get them seth.ill be watching most defenitly.

  • felix

    this is forall the people that are puttin seth rogan down.especially dave.let me see u guys do over 300 mill with any movie you put out.seth is funny as hell and the green hornet was a great movie.if u ever saw the tv show with bruce lee it was on point.not many remakes are like that.so do your research 1st and if your not a fan then so be it.but dont put down someone cause you dont like the movie or maybe your just a hatter of seth.shit can you say your making 10 mill a movie…..no u cant….its easy to be a critic but think before you talk.i got you seth.bring on the green hornet 2…..your the man….period

  • mandarine

    YES! Sequel! Pleeeeaaaase! :/

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  • Henry Harris

    I had low expectations for this movie, but boy was I wrong. I found it fascinating how the film kept teetering on the edge of farce, but somehow kept managing to make the ridiculous seem entertaining if not logical. Despite the zany approach to plot, the end result touched me in a real sense in its depiction of friendship amidst corruption. The medium is comedy but the subject is serious. I would definitely see a sequel.

  • Fred

    I would love to see another Green Hornet Movie

  • Kyle

    Tell you what whether the movie makes money or not Seth rogen only has a few good movies and lets all face the facets green hornt was waaaaaaaaay better than funny people And 50/50 garbage ass dirtier and funny movies. WHAT DIRTIER AND FUN MOVIES??? Pick up your pimp smoke some kush and make a green hornet 2 get a better villain cast please. might as well make it R too and throw Omar from the wire in there. you want anymore ideas Seth shoot me an email

  • Oliver

    I enjoyed the Movie I thought Seth was perfect for the part. Wasn’t to crazy about Diaz though. Action was great and entertaining and story wasn’t bad hated the main antogonist he seemed a bit campy to me. Scared of a sequel because where can you go with the bumbling main character you would think that he would improve, but is that what makes the film entertaining and a strong suite of Seth Rogans. In my opinion.

  • shadowhawk

    I thought it was a great movie. I’ve watched it 12 times now and it never gets old. All these haters supreme me. Maybe they didn’t like some of the unneeded gore? Well haters go back to your little cartoons and stop annoying those who loved the movie. It was very well done and I would LOVE to see a second.

  • CodeBlue

    Me, my wife and son went to see The Green Hornet in the theaters. We really enjoyed it and thought that it was way better than what we were expecting. The chemistry between Rogan and Chou was excellent and I would look forward to seeing them pair up again for a sequel! Loved the whole gas gun scene and Rogan being in a coma! LOL!

    • Bobkatt

      This version of the Green hornet was an absolute embarrassment to the memory of the original- Brett Reid was supposed to be a cool, calm and collected ladies man – that had great Ideas on how to infeltrate crime syndicates. Seth Rogen turned this into a paridy of slapstick three stooges like comedy. It was fun to watch, but the only thing familiar to the original TV series was the Black Beauty and Kato. Watch the original series, you’ll see this was more of a spoof rather than a good remake of the original. What a let down…..

    • DavidWilmotLow

      to quote the great Leslie Nielsen “well, thats because you’re an idiot.”

  • callam delaney

    GREEN HORNET 2 most definitely. I thought it was great. Both great actors. AWESOME

  • Repmuht

    The “in crowd” always think; they’re the majority (when actually they’re only about 35% of the total number – max), they’re smarter (when they’re always asking their friends’ opinions (=guidance) on everything), they’re the “most important” to everyone (when it’s actually only in their own little world) , they need to be the “leaders” (while their approach to leading won’t work), therefore, they must, and are the most likely, to speak-out & they’re always against a new approach, before it takes over.
    Then, SURPRISE!!,
    most of them do a 180…..
    Look at history….
    This movie had a touch of almost everything, with a different style for a “super-hero” movie – it was an original.
    So there should be a sequel, at least to the load pulling, 65% majority out crowd, who rarely speak-out, – which I have always, proudly, been a part of.
    Now fire away, “in-crowd”, as you always do.

  • total awesomeness

    A sequel would be awesome. this comedy/hero film was amazing please make a sequel.

  • Raul

    This is the worst heap of crap I have ever seen in my life. This film was painful,idiotic,stupid,embarrassing and last but not least,incoherent. Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Seth Rogen but this guy should have never,ever been miscast as the green vigilante and,most importantly,never again should this guy play The Geeen Hornet. This movie had a budget of $ 150 MILLION DOLLARS plus another $100 MILLION for marketing expenses,WTF!! What were they thinking to give such a responsibility to someone who had no idea of what The Green Hornet was all about? Rogen and his partner,don’t remember his name, should refrain from doing edgy and dark movies. We ,the hard-core fans,warned the big wigs of Hollywood several times. However,they never listen and the movie as everybody knows was a big failure.

  • Raul

    This is the worst heap of crap I have ever seen in my life. This film was painful,idiotic,stupid,embarrassing and last but not least,incoherent. Please don\’t get me wrong, I don\’t hate Seth Rogen but this guy should have never,ever been miscast as the green vigilante and,most importantly,never again should this guy play The Geeen Hornet. This movie had a budget of $ 150 MILLION DOLLARS plus another $100 MILLION for marketing expenses,WTF!! What were they thinking to give such a responsibility to someone who had no idea of what The Green Hornet was all about? Rogen and his partner,don\’t remember his name, should refrain from doing edgy and dark movies. We ,the hard-core fans,warned the big wigs of Hollywood several times. However,they never listen and the movie as everybody knows was a big failure.

  • Raul

    You said: \"I don’t think there could have been a better
    pick for the role of Britt Reid. Mainly because of the movies genre of being a comedy action flick\" Are u out of your mind? Seth Rogen was the worst miscast to play The Green Hornet. We,the hard -core fans,suggested some actors that could have played Britt Reid/Green Hornet much better .Having said that,the script was idiotic and painful. They should have given the responsibility to Christopher Nolan, he would have made a true to the source material,excellent film. Rogen just wanted to do the same crapy slap-stick comedy that he is used to doing. WHAT A WASTE!!!

  • Dylan

    I totally agree that seth wasn’t the right role for this. But I still hope they make a sequel!

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