Stephen Chow passes on Kato

Director and star moves on to focus on own projects

Stephen Chow is Kato no more.

The actor-filmmaker has walked away from Columbia's "Green Hornet" feature after what the studio characterized as a "mutual and amicable decision by both sides to move on."

Seth Rogen is starring in the big-screen treatment of the crime-fighting hero, with Michel Gondry directing.

Chow initially was the director of the project but dropped out in December because of creative differences. At the time, the CAA-repped actor still was on board to play the Hornet's sidekick and chauffeur.

The movie, which now has Cameron Diaz aboard as the female lead, is on track to begin production in September.