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Back in 2002 a company told me they were getting the rights to the Green Hornet, so they’d like to see a script for a relaunch. Instead, another company got the rights and I never heard from them again.

We did get that crappy movie and a Kevin Smith version though. . .

Page 1

Panel 1:
Establishing shot of a Chinese loading dock, somewhere in Communist China. A group of Triad gang members load a boat with Chinese migrants, slaves they will take to America and force to work in sweatshops. The Triad members watch the docks carefully, with their weapons ready.

CAPTION: MY NAME IS KATO CHIAO.

Panel 2:

CUT TO: The top deck of the ship, a man dressed in black with a long ponytail sneaks along the side of the captain’s quarters.

CAPTION: I RETURNED HOME FROM THE UNITED STATES ONLY TO DISCOVER MY SISTER HAD BEEN TAKEN BY THE TRIAD GANGS, TO BE SENT TO AMERICA TO WORK IN THEIR SWEATSHOPS. THE KIND THEY HIDE IN THE BOWELS OF “CHINATOWNS”. THE KIND THAT TAKES EVERYTHING I WANTED TO LEAVE BEHIND AND DROPS IT SQUARE IN THE HEART OF AMERICA.

Page 2

Panel 1:

Kato peeks around the corner at the guards in the control room of the ship. There are two armed guards with machine guns and sitting behind them at a makeshift desk is the Captain. The Captain pores over charts and graphs, plotting his route. A large book sits next to him, the record book of passengers.

Panel 2:
LARGE PANEL: Kato leaps into the room, drop kicking the first and second guards simultaneously. At the same time he grabs the gun out of the hand of the first guard.

Panel 3:
SMALL PANEL: The shocked Captain stands up to defend himself.

Panel 4:
Kato rams the butt of the gun into the Captains throat, pinning him to the wall. With his other hand Kato places his finger to his lip to signal to be quiet to the Captain.

Page 3

Panel 1:

With his free hand, Kato reaches over for the book on the desk, flipping through the book to find his sister’s name.

Panel 2:

Unfortunately the boat carrying his sister has already left, and he looks at the page in anger.

CAPTION:

I’M TOO LATE. THE BOAT CARRYING MY SISTER LEFT WEEKS AGO. I WAS GOING TO HAVE TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES TO FIND HER.

KATO (IN CHINESE)

THE OTHER BOAT,

WHAT WAS IT’S DESTINATION?

CAPTAIN

SENTINEL CITY!

I CAN’T BREATHE!

PLEASE!

Panel 3:
Suddenly a Triad guard appears outside the cabin and shouts an alarm. Kato looks over his shoulder just in time to see him.

GUARD (IN CHINESE)

AN INTRUDER!!

WITH THE CAPTAIN!

Panel 4:
The gang member opens fire on Kato, blasting the Captain with bullets in the process. Kato manages to duck and runs for the opposite door of the cabin. The bullets hit the controls and computers of the ships smashing them into a spray of pieces.

SFX: BRATTTATATAT!!

Page 4

Panel 1:
Kato stands against the rail of the upper level of the ship. From both the front and the back of the ship comes an group of armed guards.

Panel 2:
The guard’s fire at Kato and the bullets whiz past him but Kato is too fast for them. He leaps up unto the railing and stretches out his arms like an Olympic diver.

Panel 3:

LARGE PANEL: With all his might, Kato, dives into the air. The first level of the ship below him is very wide but Kato sails through the air over it, straight towards the water as the bullets of the guard’s fly past him.

Panel 4:

The guards fire into the water but to no avail, Kato has disappeared beneath the waves.

Page 5

Panel 1:
ESTABLISHING SHOT: OF Sentinel City.

Panel 2:
Closer, we can see a group of Triad gang members dressed in casual clothing, sitting outside an Italian Social Club. There are five men in total, one of them is bald and rather young, the rest are middle aged Asians, a few of them have tattoos. They are dressed very simple and plain.

ASIAN GANG MEMBER

< IT IS TIME. >

BALD MAN TOMMY Z.

< THE ITALIANS CAN WAIT. I HAVEN’T

SEEN MY BROTHER IN TEN YEARS. >

Panel 3:

A nice Lexus Coup pulls up to the curb with another Asian driver, this one has a blonde streak in his hair and wears Matrix style sunglasses.

Panel 4:

The Blonde Asian and the Bald Asian embrace.

TOMMY Z.

< MY LITTLE BROTHER

LU ZANG, I’VE MISSED YOU!

BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED

TO YOUR HAIR? >

BLONDE MAN

< I WAS ABOUT TO

ASK YOU THE

SAME THING BROTHER! >

Page 6

Panel 1:
The Bald Asian removes a black suitcase from the passenger side seat of the Lexus.

TOMMY Z.

EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER THEN LU ZANG?

LU ZANG (BLONDE MAN)

YES.

TOMMY Z.

THEN LET’S GO GET OUR MONEY

FROM THE ITALIANS.

Panel 2:

As the Asian gang members enter the social club where they are to meet the Mafia, the Black Beauty can be seen moving slowly into an alley nearby.

Panel 3:
Inside the social club is a fine dining restaurant. The area near the bar is dark, but overhead lights illuminate three tables full of Italians. At the head table, the Boss Lucas Zuco stands and motions for the Asians. Next to Lucas are two large Italian bodyguards that would make Tony Soprano nervous.

BOSS LUCAS

WELL IF IT AIN’T MY FAVORITE

CHINAMAN, TOMMY ZANG.

Panel 4:
Tommy throws the black briefcase on the table. His brother Lu follows behind, much more nervous and out of place than the rest of the Triad gangsters. The other Italians watch patiently, some with their arms below the table, others with their guns in front of them.

TOMMY (BALD MAN)

YOU EXPECTING TROUBLE LUCAS?
WE’RE JUST HERE TO DO BUSINESS,

SAME AS USUAL.

Page 7

Panel 1:

Lucas slides the suitcase over to his side of the table and inspects the heroin inside it.

BOSS LUCAS

IT’S NOT YOU GUYS WE’RE

WORRIED ABOUT. THIS GREEN

HORNET FELLA’S STUNG US

THREE TIMES ALREADY THIS MONTH.

Panel 2:

Lucas waves to one of his men and at his order they bring another suitcase of money over to Tommy.

TOMMY

THANK YOU.

LUCAS

I HEARD HE HIT YOU GUYS LAST MONTH.

Panel 3:
CUT TO: Suddenly the Green Hornet steps from the shadows with his dart gun aimed at the bad guys.

GREEN HORNET

YOU HEARD RIGHT.

HELLO AGAIN TOMMY Z.

HAND OVER THE MONEY AND NOBODY GETS HURT.

Panel 4:
Tommy Zang turns and his blonde brother both whip out their guns, both pointed at the Green Hornet.

TOMMY

ONLY A CRAZY MAN WOULD MESS

WITH THE ASIAN AND ITALIAN MAFIAS.

Panel 5:
CLOSER: The Green Hornet tosses a small round object with a Green Hornet insignia to Tommy which he catches with skill.

GREEN HORNET

CATCH.

TOMMY

WHAT THE…?

Page 8

Panel 1:
LARGE PANEL:

Tommy has barely enough time to cover his face as the small round bomb explodes, spraying gas everywhere. The rest of the men in the room are not so and half of the Asians and Italians drop to the ground choking or passing out from the knockout gas.

Panel 2:

The Green Hornet walks through the gas with a gas mask on, one with a Hornet symbol over the mouth, a homage to the pre-TV era Green Hornet.

Page 9

Panel 1:

Tommy and one of Lucas’s bodyguards rush at the Green Hornet as the gas settles around their feet.

Panel 2:
The Hornet fires two darts from his gun at the Italian bodyguard who drops unconscious instantly. Tommy leaps off the back of the Italian as he drops and flies at the Hornet with a leaping karate kick.

TOMMY

HIIIYAA!!

Panel 3:

The Hornet ducks slightly and lets Tommy sail over top of him and lands on a table, sending plates and silverware flying.

Page 10

Panel 1:

The Green Hornet removes his gas mask and looks around. The drugs and money sit on the table in the centre of the restaurant. At the front door, Tommy Z prepares to flee, while out the back door Lucas and his other bodyguard prepare to make their escape.

Panel 2:
The Green Hornet lets Tommy Z. go and pursues Lucas Zuco. Lucas stands in the doorway and yells angrily at the Hornet while his bodyguard rolls up his sleeves to intercept him. Meanwhile the rest of the two gangs lay unconscious on the ground. The Hornet holsters his gun inside his jacket.

LUCAS

DAMN YOU HORNET!

THIS IS IT! NO MORE FROM YOU!

THIS IS WAR!

Panel 3:

Lucas escapes while the Bodyguard and the Green Hornet square off like two boxers.

BODYGUARD

COME ON, SHOW ME SOMETHING

HOTSHOT. LET’S SEE WHAT YOUR

MADE OF.

Page 11

Panel 1:
TWO PANEL SCENE: The Green Hornet throws a right/left combo, the first panel shows the Bodyguard’s head twisting to the right, the next panel shows the other punch connect twisting his head left.

Panel 2:
The Green Hornet fixes his suit and walks away from the large bodyguard as he drops to his knees holding his face in pain and crying.

Panel 3:
CUT TO: Outside on the street Tommy Z. runs for his life.

Panel 4:
As Tommy runs past a dark alley, an arm in a black suit shoots out and Tommy runs into it, knocking him down. We can also see that whoever the assailant is, he has very long hair pulled back into a ponytail.

SFX: THUMP!

Page 12

Panel 1:
Tommy Zhan lands flat on his back on the sidewalk as Kato steps out of the shadows and stands over him. Kato is dressed in a black mandarin suit with gold trim, his hair pulled back tight and tied midway down his back with a Asian style ribbon.

TOMMY Z.

THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE A VERY

BAD DAY. . .

Panel 2:

Kato crouches down next to him and stick two fingers into the nerve centre of his throat.

KATO

< IT WILL GET WORSE FOR YOU IF I DON’T GET THE

INFORMATION I’M LOOKING FOR. >

Panel 3:
Tommy tries to squirm free but Kato holds him down with the same two fingers.

KATO

< I AM LOOKING FOR A WOMAN NAMED APRIL LING. TWO MONTHS AGO

SHE WAS BROUGHT BY YOUR MEN IN CHINA TO SENTINEL CITY.

SHE IS DARK SKINNED WITH A DOLPHIN ARMBAND TATTOO.

TELL ME WHERE TO FIND HER. >

Panel 4:
Tommy Z.begins to laugh.

TOMMY

HA HA HA HA!

Page 13

Panel 1:

Kato lifts Tommy up and grips him in a chokehold.

KATO

< IF ANYTHING HAS HAPPENED TO HER. . . >

TOMMY

< HA HA HA HA! I DON’T KNOW! WE HAD THAT WHOLE

GROUP OF THEM WORKING IN THE LANG JEW GARMENT FACTORY

BUT THEY WERE ALL TAKEN FROM US! >

Panel 2:

Kato pushes Tommy away from him in anger.

KATO

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
THAT A RIVAL GANG

TOOK YOUR SLAVES??

TOMMY Z.

NOT A GANG, ONE GUY.

THE GREEN HORNET.

Panel 3:

Kato steps closer to Tommy who tries to rub the pain out of his neck.

KATO

WHO IS THIS GREEN HORNET?

TOMMY Z.

A REAL BAD ALL-AMERICAN SCUMBAG.

NO HONOR, NO DIGNITY. HE STEALS FROM

CRIMINALS, THE TRIADS, THE ITALIANS,

HE DOESN’T CARE. HE’S GREEDY, HE’S EVIL.

KATO

AND HE TOOK MY SISTER?

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS MAN?

Panel 4:
CLOSE-UP:

Tommy Z. smiles evilly as he points back toward the way he came.

TOMMY Z.

BACK THERE AT THE RESTAURANT.

Page 14

Panel 1:

HIGH ANGLE: Kato runs down the alley toward the restaurant.

Panel 2:

Peering cautiously around the corner, Kato watches as the Black Beauty pulls up in front of the restaurant.

Panel 3:

The Green Hornet leaves the restaurant with both briefcases in his hand and walks toward the Black Beauty.

Panel 4:

INSIDE BLACK BEAUTY: The Hornet throws the briefcases on the seat next to him. The car is being driven by Lenore “Casey” Case, Britt Reid’s secretary and the Hornet’s valet.

CASEY

EVERYTHING GOOD BOSS?

GREEN HORNET

BEAUTIFUL CASEY.

LET’S GET OUT OF HERE.

Page 15

Panel 1:
As the Black Beauty pulls out, Kato walks down the street towards it.

Panel 2:
Realizing that the Green Hornet might get away, Kato leaps over the hood of Tommy Z.’s brothers’ Lexus and gets in.

Panel 3:
INSIDE: LU ZANG’S LEXUS COUP, where Kato is lucky enough to find the keys still in the ignition.

Panel 4:

Kato pulls the car out unto the road and pursues the Black Beauty.

Panel 5:
INSIDE THE BEAUTY: The Green Hornet relaxes comfortably.

HORNET

CASEY, CALL THE SENTINEL CITY POLICE,

MAKE SURE THEY’RE ON THEIR WAY.

ALSO, CALL ONE OF OUR REPORTERS, OXFORD IS GOOD

TELL HIM WE GOT AN ANONYMOUS TIP THAT THE

GREEN HORNET HAS STRUCK AT THE KING STREET

ITALIAN SOCIAL CLUB.

CASEY

GOT IT BOSS.

Panel 5:
The Hornet looks out the window.

Page 16

Panel 1:

Driving through the back alleys of Sentinel City, the Black Beauty turns down what appears to be a dead end street. The POSTER on the wall will be created at a later date. The POSTER opens and the Black Beauty disappears into a secret recess.

Panel 2:
As Kato pulls up slowly on the street, he looks down the alley with shock and amusement.

Panel 3:
INSIDE: The dark secret base. Casey steps out of the car and watches a computer security monitor. The Green Hornet gets out the other side with the two suitcases in his hands.

Panel 4:

Casey calls the Green Hornet over as she spots the Lexus on the camera monitors.

CASEY

BOSS, I THINK WE

WERE FOLLOWED.

Page 17

Panel 1:

The Hornet looks at the monitor just as the car pulls away.

HORNET

PROBABLY JUST COINCIDENCE.

KEEP AN EYE ON IT THOUGH.

Panel 2:

The Green Hornet walks through a door into another room with the two cases in his hand.

GREEN HORNET

I’LL TAKE CARE OF THIS STUFF.

Panel 3:

Casey takes off her hat and sits it next to the computer while she watches the screen with a weary eye, perhaps suspecting something it out of place.

Page 18

Panel 1:

ESTABLISHING SHOT: Of the Sentinel News. The building is medium sized but modern, the street outside is full of coffee shops and lunch cafes with business people going about their business.

CAPTION: THE NEXT DAY.

Panel 2:
INSIDE THE OFFICE: News reporters and various office staff run about or work hard on their computers. In the background we can see the office of the Editor in Chief, CEO and owner of the Sentinel Britt Reid. The office is hidden behind two big wooden doors, it’s a massive office big enough for both Britt and his secretary Casey.

Close to the reader is an employee standing by the water cooler reading the days paper. The headline reads THE GREEN HORNET STRIKES AGAIN!

Panel 3:
INSIDE THE OFFICE: Britt Reid sits on Casey’s desk reading the newspaper. Casey wears a pair of glasses and has her hair tied up tight in a bun and Britt wears an expensive suit. No one could tell that these two were in fact the Casey and the Green Hornet.

BRITT REID

LOOKS GOOD.

EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING PERFECTLY.

CASEY

YEP. MOST OF THE WORK OF THE DAY IS DONE TOO SO

IF YOU WANT TO TAKE OFF, TO YOU KNOW . . .

Panel 4:

CLOSER: To Britt. He sits the newspaper down on the desk.

BRITT

NO, I THINK WE’LL TAKE A BREAK FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.

LET THINGS COOL DOWN A BIT.

WHAT’S THE FEEDBACK ON THE WEBSITE?

Page 19

Panel 1:

CUT TO CASEY: Casey smiles her beautiful smile.

CASEY

WELL, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PRAISING THE HORNET

AS SOME KIND OF VIGILANTE HERO, BUT IN GENERAL

MOST OF THEM BELIEVE THE STANCE TAKEN BY THE

SENTINEL NEWS.

BRITT

GOOD, GOOD.

Panel 2:
Britt stands and prepares to leave.

BRITT

NO WORD OF ANY PHOTOS YET BY ANY OF OUR

COMPETITORS?

CASEY

CNN CLAIMS TO HAVE SOME ON THEIR WEBSITE,

BUT I CAN PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEE THEY ARE FAKES.

BRITT

PERFECT. TOO PERFECT IN FACT.

BUT LET’S NOT LOOK A GIFT HORSE

IN THE MOUTH. I’M GOING TO HIT THE

GYM THEN, CALL ME IF THERE ARE ANY

PROBLEMS.

Panel 3:

Casey wants to join him but Britt doesn’t really need her right now.

CASEY

WANT ME TO COME WITH YOU?

BRITT

NO THANK YOU LENORE.

JUST CALL ME A LIMO AND

I’LL BE FINE. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

CASEY

YOU TOO BOSS.

Panel 4:

Britt leaves his office and heads to the elevator.

Page 20

Panel 1:

Coming out of the elevator is Ed Lowry, ace reporter.

ED LOWRY

MR. REID.

BRITT

HELLO ED.

Panel 2:
Ed stops for a moment to pass on some news to Britt as he stands in the elevator.

ED

DID YOU HEAR?

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SCANLON IS GOING TO

MAKE A SPEECH ON THE GREEN HORNET

TOMORROW MORNING.

BRITT

REALLY?

WELL I CAN COUNT ON

YOU TO BE COVER IT FOR THE SENTINEL?

ED

YOU BET.

Page 21

Panel 1:

Britt walks to the front desk of the building and talks to the two security guards.

BRITT

EVENING BOYS.

MY LIMO HERE YET?

SECURITY GUARD

JUST PULLED UP SIR.

BRITT

THANKS GUYS.

I’M HEADING OUT, SO MS. CASE

WILL BE IN CHARGE FOR THE REST

OF THE DAY.

SECURITY GUARD 2

WILL DO.

Panel 2:
Britt walks out the front to the limousine parked outside.

Panel 3:
LARGE PANEL: A very famous Asian driver steps out of the limousine and opens the door for Britt. Kato is clean cut and his long hair is gone.

Page 22

Panel 1:
Britt sits in the limousine while Kato gets behind the wheel.

BRITT

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE 132ND STREET GYM IS?

KATO

NO SIR.

Panel 2:

The doors of the limousine lock, and Britt is startled.

BRITT
WHO ARE YOU??

WHAT IS THIS?

Panel 3:
Kato turns in the front seat with menace in his eyes.

KATO

MY NAME IS KATO.

YOU WILL TAKE ME TO

MY SISTER. . .

Panel 4:
CLOSER: To Kato as Britt looks on in shock.

KATO

OR I WILL BE TAKING YOU TO THE POLICE.

THEY WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE IN THEIR CUSTODY,

THE GREEN HORNET!

TO BE CONTINUED!