On June 4, 2008 Sony Pictures announced plans that they are going ahead with plans for a feature film of "The Green Hornet". Set to be released on June 25th, 2010, the film is to star Seth Rogen, who will take on writing duties along with Superbad co-writer Evan Goldberg. Stephen Chow had originally signed on to play Kato, but then dropped out.
Due to creative differences, Chow is not going to direct. According to the Associated Press and WENN[clarification needed], Chow wanted to direct a superhero spoof with Jack Black in the lead role. It has been announced that Columbia Pictures is in talks with Michel Gondry to direct the film.
Kato was Britt Reid's valet, who doubled as The Green Hornet's unnamed, masked driver and sidekick to help him in his vigilante adventures, disguised as the activities of a racketeer and his chauffeur/bodyguard/enforcer.
According to the storyline, years before the events depicted in the series, Britt Reid had saved Kato's life while travelling in the Far East. Depending on the version of the story, this prompted Kato to become Reid's assistant or friend.