Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment are teaming up to develop The Green Hornet and Kato.
In January 2020, Amasia Entertainment won a competitive bidding war for the motion picture franchise rights to Green Hornet. When news of the victory was announced, Amasia Entertainment co-founder Michael Helfant expressed that be believed the character was worthy of his own cinematic universe.
Now, Amasia Entertainment and Universal Pictures have partnered to develop The Green Hornet and Kato with Michael Helfant serving as producer alongside Amasia co-founder Bradley Gallo. In a statement, Universal president Peter Cramer expressed his excitement about the partnership to deliver a new cinematic world to audiences around the world:
“The Green Hornet is one of the most iconic and beloved superhero tales ever created, and it has entertained generations of fans in every form of storytelling. We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Bradley, and the entire Amasia team to launch an exciting new cinematic world for Britt Reid, Kato, and the Black Beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with global audiences soon.”
Michael Helfant made the following statement of why Universal Pictures is the ideal company to help launch the new Green Hornet film franchise:
“Universal will be a great home for our new Green Hornet and Kato. The team at Universal share our passion and enthusiasm for the property and will devote the resources to launch a truly global franchise. And, it’s very cool that Universal was the original distributor of the 1940’s movie serials. Our goal is to make a film that existing fans will love, and new fans will love to discover. 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.”
Bradley Gallo added the following statement on Universal Pictures’ major presence in both America and Asia:
“The team at Universal completely understands the creative direction we want for The Green Hornet brand. Their sensibilities and relationships with writers, directors and actors are exceptional. And, 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.”
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After first appearing in radio serials during the 1930s, Green Hornet made the move to the screen with film serials in the ’40s and a television series in the ’60s that starred Bruce Lee as Kato. Over the years, the film rights to Green Hornet have been controlled by studios such as Universal Pictures, Dimension Films, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures, the last of which released a feature film based on the character through its subsidiary Columbia Pictures in 2011.
The classic Green Hornet story centers on Britt Reid, the wealthy owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel newspaper. Armed with knowledge from his sources, cool weapons, a supercar known as The Black Beauty, Reid teams up his trusty aide Kato and becomes a vigilante crime-fighter known as the Green Hornet, who is both wanted by the police and feared by the criminal world.
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