By Jeff Sneider
2009 is shaping up to be another banner year for "Knocked Up" star Seth Rogen. In addition to voicing a wisecracking blue blob named B.O.B. in the DreamWorks' 3-D animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens," Rogen is scheduled to “Observe and Report” for director Jody Hill in April and, well... be a funny person in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” this July.
But the movie he’s currently buzzing about is "The Green Hornet," which Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) will now direct for Columbia after Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle") exited the director's chair. Despite the switch, Rogen told MTV News that Chow is still very much involved with the project, although he has still not officially signed on to play Brit Reid’s sidekick, Kato.
"Right now, I cannot make that 100-percent guarantee, as it has not been made to me," Rogen told MTV News. "It could happen [or] it could not happen. Honestly, I just don’t want to say either way because I don’t know."
As for rumors that his “Observe and Report” co-star Michael Pena is in negotiations to join the cast, Rogen confessed that Pena is "not 100-percent set in stone at this point [either]."
This follows yesterday's report about Gondry's approach to the style of "The Green Hornet," which Rogen summarized by saying that all of the suggestions he and co-screenwriter Evan Goldberg bring to Gondry haven't exactly clicked with the director's unique vision.
“He’s like, ‘No, I don’t want to [do] any of that. The fact that you think I want to do that drives me crazy and makes me never want to do anything like that again.’" said Rogen in yesterday's report. "He hates being predictable and repetitive and doing what’s been done before.”
Rogen told MTV, however, that the film is "in preproduction" at the moment, and that the current task before the cast and crew is "rewriting a lot with Michel, so some things are kind of up in the air right now."
"But we should start shooting at the end of June, so it should come out the end of June 2010," said Rogen.
What do you think of the "Green Hornet" news thus far? Does the project worry you? Think it will right itself soon? Sound off in the comment section!