EXCLUSIVE: One of the extra extremely sought open directing jobs might have simply been stuffed. Sources inform Deadline that Leigh Whannell is in negotiations to direct The Green Hornet and Kato for Universal.
Execs have been assembly with administrators over the previous couple of weeks, however insiders near the conferences felt as quickly as Whannell threw his identify within the combine he had the sting because the studio has wished to get again in enterprise with him after he delivered Invisible Man to vital acclaim and field workplace success.
The studio obtained a Green Hornet and Kato script from David Koepp early this yr they’re excessive on, and as soon as a deal closes the movie ought to be fast-tracked to the pre-production levels.
Universal optioned rights to The Green Hornet from Amasia within the spring of 2020, after co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo acquired management of the movement image franchise from the household of the unique creator George W. Trendle in a aggressive bidding warfare that January.
Helfant, the previous president of Marvel Studios, and Gallo will produce the movie for Amasia.
The Green Hornet was considered one of early radio’s hottest journey reveals (predating Superman) earlier than being was Nineteen Forties film serials (from Universal) and the 1966 TV collection that launched Bruce Lee (Kato) to the U.S. The basic story focuses on Britt Reid, owner-publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Armed with information from his sources, cool weapons, a supercar generally known as the Black Beauty, and teamed along with his trusty aide Kato, Reid grew to become The Green Hornet, a vigilante crime fighter wished by the police and feared by the felony world.
The most up-to-date film model of the Green Hornet was produced by Sony in 2011 and starred Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou. While that one combined in rather a lot laughs together with enjoyable motion, sources say by entering into Whannell’s path, viewers can anticipate a extra severe motion thriller that will work towards his strengths.
Whannell reduce his tooth as he helped construct the Saw and Insidious franchises over time studying from A-list director James Wan alongside the best way. He would department out on his personal with the motion thriller Upgrade for Blumhouse, which might in the end result in him touchdown the Invisible Man directing job that Blumhouse was producing. That pic was one of many few field workplace winners of 2020 proper earlier than the pandemic hit and put Whannell on the map as a director who can’t solely ship the thrills on a movie however hold it on a price range, one thing studio execs all the time like to see.
He is repped by CAA and legal professional David Fox.