Michel Gondry Helms Green Hornet

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” Director Steps In for Rogen’s “The Green Hornet

Michel Gondry is in negotiations to direct “The Green Hornet” – the big-screen adaptation of the classic crime-fighting hero being portrayed by Seth Rogen.

Stephen Chow was originally tapped to direct but dropped out over creative differences. He is still expected to co-star as Kato, the Hornet’s trusty sidekick and chauffeur.

The choice of Gondry, the helmer behind off-the-beaten-path films such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep” and “Be Kind Rewind,” signals that the creative direction the studio and the film’s producer, Neal Moritz, are trying to take the project is one not usually associated with the usual crime-fighter movie.

Rogen and his writer partner Evan Goldberg will serve as writers and co-exec producers.