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Kevin Smith may have recently been attached to make a He-Man series for Netflix, but it looks like he’s going to be developing one more pop-culture property.
According to Deadline, Smith is teaming up with kids producer Wildbrain (Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget) to make an animated Green Hornet series. Unlike the 2011 movie which was more of PG-13, Smith’s Green Hornet is said to be targeting the family audience. Instead of the original team which comprised of Britt Reid and Kato though, the show is said to take place in contemporary times with the new leads being Reid’s son and Kato’s daughter. We should also expect the return of the Green Hornet’s high-tech car, Black Beauty.
Admittedly, I love Smith best when he gets to work on R-rated projects like Clerks or Mallrats. I don’t really know what he would bring to a family-friendly Green Hornet series, but I’m sure he would be able to do alright. I don’t have my sights set too high for a family program, but who knows? Avatar: The Last Airbender was said to be a kids’ show, but it holds up even by adult standards.
If you ask me, I think it’s very possible to make multiple versions of Green Hornet, just like multiple versions of DC and Marvel heroes exist at the same time. Maybe this show can be closer to the Adam West-style superhero capers, but we can still get a movie which is geared towards the more adult audiences. You think Quentin Tarantino would be willing to write that movie?
No release date has been set for Kevin Smith’s The Green Hornet.