Universal Pictures has inked video and ad helmer Michel Gondry to direct its screen adaptation of the TV series “Green Hornet,” with Jason Scott Lee attached to co-star, sources said Tuesday.
Gondry, who directed the Levis ad set in a small-town pharmacy, will oversee a rewrite of the script from an origi-nal draft by Rich Wilkes.
The lead role of the masked avenger has yet to be cast. George Clooney had been attached two years ago, but he fell out to do “The Peacemaker” for DreamWorks.
Pic is based on the radio series and the 1960s TV skein about a green-caped crusader who battles crime with his karate-chopping sidekick.
Lee is set to play Kato, a role made famous in the series by chopsocky star Bruce Lee.
Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing. Universal senior VP of production Kevin Misher is the exec on the project.
The project marks Gondry’s first feature. He won a Grand Clio for his Levis ad. He’s also responsible for several hit musicvideos, including one of the Rolling Stones with Patricia Arquette.
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The project was packaged by United Talent Agency. Gondry’s deal was brokered by UTA motion picture chief Dan Aloni and attorney Robert Offer. Lee’s deal was set up more than a year ago by UTA’s Cynthia Shelton-Droke.