Which is why I was intrigued when, moments after the Gondry news broke, I noticed that my Facebook friend James Wan had changed his status. “Damn you Michel Gondry *shaking fists*,” read the message from the “Saw” director. “Oh well the better man won.”
Moments later, James took the status update down. But lucky for us, Seth isn’t the type of Hollywood phony who hides behind “no comments” and the like.
“Oh yeah?” he started laughing when I surprised him with James’ Facebook status.
“Well, we were just given the mandate to bring the studio directors we were fans of,” Rogen explained of the months-long process of picking a filmmaker. “And the discussion would begin from there.”
Discussing the reason why Wan became part of that process, Rogen revealed: “Me and [co-writer] Evan [Goldberg] saw ‘Death Sentence’ and thought it was incredible. As far as action movies go, that’s one of the better ones I’ve seen in recent years.”
“So yeah we definitely talked to him,” Rogen said of their meetings, adding: “I would definitely love to do something else.”
Instead, Rogen’s “Green Hornet” will hit theaters June 25th, 2010 with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Gondry behind the camera. And as amazing as that should be, it would also be cool to see Rogen teamed with James Wan’s brutal directorial style someday in the future.
Michel Gondry, James Wan, or somebody else? Who would you have chosen to direct Rogen’s “The Green Hornet”?