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. . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
SMALL PANEL: The shocked Captain stands up to defend himself.
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.
With his free hand, Kato reaches over for the book on the desk, flipping through the book to find his sister’s name.
Unfortunately the boat carrying his sister has already left, and he looks at the page in anger.
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?
I CAN’T BREATHE!
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)
WITH THE CAPTAIN!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The guards fire into the water but to no avail, Kato has disappeared beneath the waves.
ESTABLISHING SHOT: OF Sentinel City.
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. >
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.
The Blonde Asian and the Bald Asian embrace.
< MY LITTLE BROTHER
LU ZANG, I’VE MISSED YOU!
BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED
TO YOUR HAIR? >
< I WAS ABOUT TO
ASK YOU THE
SAME THING BROTHER! >
The Bald Asian removes a black suitcase from the passenger side seat of the Lexus.
EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER THEN LU ZANG?
LU ZANG (BLONDE MAN)
THEN LET’S GO GET OUR MONEY
FROM THE ITALIANS.
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.
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.
WELL IF IT AIN’T MY FAVORITE
CHINAMAN, TOMMY ZANG.
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.
Lucas slides the suitcase over to his side of the table and inspects the heroin inside it.
IT’S NOT YOU GUYS WE’RE
WORRIED ABOUT. THIS GREEN
HORNET FELLA’S STUNG US
THREE TIMES ALREADY THIS MONTH.
Lucas waves to one of his men and at his order they bring another suitcase of money over to Tommy.
I HEARD HE HIT YOU GUYS LAST MONTH.
CUT TO: Suddenly the Green Hornet steps from the shadows with his dart gun aimed at the bad guys.
YOU HEARD RIGHT.
HELLO AGAIN TOMMY Z.
HAND OVER THE MONEY AND NOBODY GETS HURT.
Tommy Zang turns and his blonde brother both whip out their guns, both pointed at the Green Hornet.
ONLY A CRAZY MAN WOULD MESS
WITH THE ASIAN AND ITALIAN MAFIAS.
CLOSER: The Green Hornet tosses a small round object with a Green Hornet insignia to Tommy which he catches with skill.
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.
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.
Tommy and one of Lucas’s bodyguards rush at the Green Hornet as the gas settles around their feet.
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.
The Hornet ducks slightly and lets Tommy sail over top of him and lands on a table, sending plates and silverware flying.
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.
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.
DAMN YOU HORNET!
THIS IS IT! NO MORE FROM YOU!
THIS IS WAR!
Lucas escapes while the Bodyguard and the Green Hornet square off like two boxers.
COME ON, SHOW ME SOMETHING
HOTSHOT. LET’S SEE WHAT YOUR
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.
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.
CUT TO: Outside on the street Tommy Z. runs for his life.
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.
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.
THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE A VERY
BAD DAY. . .
Kato crouches down next to him and stick two fingers into the nerve centre of his throat.
< IT WILL GET WORSE FOR YOU IF I DON’T GET THE
INFORMATION I’M LOOKING FOR. >
Tommy tries to squirm free but Kato holds him down with the same two fingers.
< 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. >
Tommy Z.begins to laugh.
HA HA HA HA!
Kato lifts Tommy up and grips him in a chokehold.
< IF ANYTHING HAS HAPPENED TO HER. . . >
< 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! >
Kato pushes Tommy away from him in anger.
WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
THAT A RIVAL GANG
TOOK YOUR SLAVES??
NOT A GANG, ONE GUY.
THE GREEN HORNET.
Kato steps closer to Tommy who tries to rub the pain out of his neck.
WHO IS THIS GREEN HORNET?
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.
AND HE TOOK MY SISTER?
WHERE CAN I FIND THIS MAN?
Tommy Z. smiles evilly as he points back toward the way he came.
BACK THERE AT THE RESTAURANT.
HIGH ANGLE: Kato runs down the alley toward the restaurant.
Peering cautiously around the corner, Kato watches as the Black Beauty pulls up in front of the restaurant.
The Green Hornet leaves the restaurant with both briefcases in his hand and walks toward the Black Beauty.
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.
EVERYTHING GOOD BOSS?
LET’S GET OUT OF HERE.
As the Black Beauty pulls out, Kato walks down the street towards it.
Realizing that the Green Hornet might get away, Kato leaps over the hood of Tommy Z.’s brothers’ Lexus and gets in.
INSIDE: LU ZANG’S LEXUS COUP, where Kato is lucky enough to find the keys still in the ignition.
Kato pulls the car out unto the road and pursues the Black Beauty.
INSIDE THE BEAUTY: The Green Hornet relaxes comfortably.
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.
GOT IT BOSS.
The Hornet looks out the window.
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.
As Kato pulls up slowly on the street, he looks down the alley with shock and amusement.
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.
Casey calls the Green Hornet over as she spots the Lexus on the camera monitors.
BOSS, I THINK WE
The Hornet looks at the monitor just as the car pulls away.
PROBABLY JUST COINCIDENCE.
KEEP AN EYE ON IT THOUGH.
The Green Hornet walks through a door into another room with the two cases in his hand.
I’LL TAKE CARE OF THIS STUFF.
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.
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.
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!
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.
EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING PERFECTLY.
YEP. MOST OF THE WORK OF THE DAY IS DONE TOO SO
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE OFF, TO YOU KNOW . . .
CLOSER: To Britt. He sits the newspaper down on the desk.
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?
CUT TO CASEY: Casey smiles her beautiful smile.
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
Britt stands and prepares to leave.
NO WORD OF ANY PHOTOS YET BY ANY OF OUR
CNN CLAIMS TO HAVE SOME ON THEIR WEBSITE,
BUT I CAN PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEE THEY ARE FAKES.
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
Casey wants to join him but Britt doesn’t really need her right now.
WANT ME TO COME WITH YOU?
NO THANK YOU LENORE.
JUST CALL ME A LIMO AND
I’LL BE FINE. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.
YOU TOO BOSS.
Britt leaves his office and heads to the elevator.
Coming out of the elevator is Ed Lowry, ace reporter.
Ed stops for a moment to pass on some news to Britt as he stands in the elevator.
DID YOU HEAR?
DISTRICT ATTORNEY SCANLON IS GOING TO
MAKE A SPEECH ON THE GREEN HORNET
WELL I CAN COUNT ON
YOU TO BE COVER IT FOR THE SENTINEL?
Britt walks to the front desk of the building and talks to the two security guards.
MY LIMO HERE YET?
JUST PULLED UP SIR.
I’M HEADING OUT, SO MS. CASE
WILL BE IN CHARGE FOR THE REST
OF THE DAY.
SECURITY GUARD 2
Britt walks out the front to the limousine parked outside.
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.
Britt sits in the limousine while Kato gets behind the wheel.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE 132ND STREET GYM IS?
The doors of the limousine lock, and Britt is startled.
WHO ARE YOU??
WHAT IS THIS?
Kato turns in the front seat with menace in his eyes.
MY NAME IS KATO.
YOU WILL TAKE ME TO
MY SISTER. . .
CLOSER: To Kato as Britt looks on in shock.
OR I WILL BE TAKING YOU TO THE POLICE.
THEY WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE IN THEIR CUSTODY,
THE GREEN HORNET!
TO BE CONTINUED!