‘Green Hornet’ Release Date Pushed Back To January 2011 For 3-D Conversion

Director Michel Gondry’s adaptation of “The Green Hornet” is being pushed back from its original December 22 release date.

According to Deadline, the delay will allow the studio to convert the film into 3-D — though Sony is branding the changes as “3-D enhancements” that will be added once the visual effects are completed by Sony Imageworks.

While rumors have begun to swirl that the studio was unhappy with the tone of the film and Seth Rogen’s performance as the Green Hornet, Sony Pictures Vice-Chairman Jeff Blake officially denied the reports.

“We’re investing more in the film to have it 3-D,” said Blake. “We’ve seen part of the movie. We love it. We believe in it. Whoever is spreading these rumors has not seen it. We’re going to finish ’Green Hornet’ in 3-D and take 9 months to do it right.”

Earlier this month, “Green Hornet” producer Neal Moritz first hinted that the film might go 3-D after revealing that 3-D test footage had already been completed. Moritz also revealed that Sally Menke (“Inglourious Basterds”) has been hired to edit the film.

“[Menke] showed us the first hour, myself and the studio on Friday,” related Moritz. “We’re thrilled at what we’re seeing. Obviously taking a combination of two genres action/comedy… super hero comedy and bringing them together.”

“The Green Hornet” will be released on January 14, 2011 with Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward Furlong, Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson, and Jay Chou as Kato.

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