Saturday, January 16, 2021

"The Green Hornet"

Amasia Entertainment co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo continue developing the "Green Hornet and Kato" live-action feature, showcasing a female 'Kato', based on the 1936 mask-wearing crime-fighting character from radio, pulp magazines, comic books, movies and TV series:

"The Green Hornet"
 debuted January 31, 1936 on radio station WXYZ Detroit, the creation of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker of "The Lone Ranger" fame. 

Broadcasting until 1952 on the Mutual and NBC Blue networks, the series followed the adventures of 'Britt Reid', a bored playboy...

...whose life changes when he inherits his father's newspaper 'The Daily Sentinel' and saves the life of 'Kato', a Japanese man with martial-arts skills.

After Reid and Kato witness a brutal crime, Reid becomes a crime-fighter, using two special, non-lethal guns, with one firing 'knock-out gas' and the other producing a 'Hornet's Sting' electric shock.

Following its successful run on radio, "The Green Hornet" ran in several comic books and a 1940's movie serial from Universal.

In 1966, the character made the jump to the ABC Television network, starring actor Van Williams as the Hornet and catapulting martial artist Bruce Lee as Kato to stardom.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Green Hornet"...