David Koepp, the veteran scribe who penned Jurassic Park and Spider-Man, has been tapped to pen the script for The Green Hornet and Kato, the Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment’s feature take on the classic crime-fighting pulp hero.
Amasia co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo are producing the project.
Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, an American newspaper publisher who dons a green mask and wields guns to fight crime. He is aided in this endeavor by his Asian valet-turned-partner Kato, with the two speeding around town in a futuristic car known as the Black Beauty.
The hero was part of the pulpy adventurers introduced through radio such as The Shadow and Doc Savage, all of whom were precursors to the comic book superheroes Superman and Batman, who made their debuts in the late 1930s.Hornet crossed over into serials in the 1940s, a TV series in the 1960s, and a Seth Rogen vehicle in 2011.
Koepp’s hiring keeps the project buzzing along on its track. Helfant, the former president of Marvel Studios, and Gallo acquired control of Hornet’s motion picture rights from the family of the original creator George W. Trendle in a highly competitive bidding war in January. Universal optioned the rights in April.
Universal’s senior vp of production Sara Scott and director of development Lexi Barta overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
Amasia is gearing up for the release of Wild Mountain Thyme, a romantic drama that stars Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Christopher Walken and Jon Hamm. The movie, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, is due to open on Dec. 11.
Koepp most recently wrote and directed You Should Have Left, a horror thriller which starred Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried. He is repped by Myman Greenspan.