With the Spider-Man franchise on what looks to be its last leg with Spider-Man 3, Columbia Pictures has looked to the market for their next heroic franchise. The studio already found box office -- not critical -- success with Ghost Rider earlier this year, and the studio is ready to try its hand at The Green Hornet.
Columbia Pictures Options The Green Hornet
Columbia Pictures looks on track to have The Green Hornet become its next big franchise, as the studio has already optioned rights to the property for Neal H. Moritz and his Original Film banner to produce.
In what started as a radio serial formulated by Lone Ranger creators Fran Striker and George Trndle way back in 1936, The Green Hornet made appearances on TV, film, and comicbook by the 1960's.
The Green Hornet follows the adventures of Brit Reid, a millionaire publisher who moonlights as a masked crime fighter.
Neal H. Moritz has been amped on a Green Hornet film since the '60s. The producer's dreams came true when The Green Hornet fell out of the hands of Universal, Miramax and Kevin Smith. Moritz immediately obtained the film rights and optioned them to Sony.
With the project now in his hands, Moritz is hoping to pick up writers in the next few weeks.