Michel Gondry, speaking at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, previewed his vision for the upcoming superhero movie The Green Hornet and said it will be more familiar than his previous quirky movies, which include Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep, but will still look like a Gondry film.
"I think the way the action unfolds, there is a sort of sense of geometry in the dynamics in the scenes," Gondry said in an exclusive interview on Sunday. "I think that corresponds pretty much to my style."
The Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day and masked crime fighter by night, accompanied by his faithful sidekick and martial-arts expert Kato, played by Jay Chou (stepping in for Stephen Chow, who was also originally slated to direct but dropped out). The movie will also feature Cameron Diaz and newly minted Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds).
Gondry is proud of his original vision, because, he said, there's really no comic-book basis for the crime-fighting character, who appeared first in a radio series. "Let's set the record straight," Gondry said. "There is no comic book of the Green Hornet, so I don't want people to tell me, 'You didn't respect the comic book,' because I dare them to show me the comic book. I know that Kevin Smith did one lately. It's probably great, but that's his vision. There's no right to claim Green Hornet is a comic-book figure. It's a radio show to start with, and ... a TV show from the '60s, so that's what there is. If people think we owe to follow the rule of a comic book, there is no comic book of The Green Hornet, so f--k that. I'm sorry, but I don't owe anything to any aficionado of the comic book. I'm doing a film."
Gondry also promised that the movie won't look like The Dark Knight or Spider-Man with Gondry at the helm. "I'm asked, and there is a set of rules we had to follow to use a character that existed, but that's about it," Gondry continued. "For the rest, I'm doing the best film I can."
Gondry also promised a lighter comedic touch that's been missing from recent comic-book movies.
"And he has a real drama in his story," Gondry said. "So it's going to have some of the criteria that people want to have in such a movie."
The Green Hornet opens Dec. 22.