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Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez Says Live Action 'Fire & Ice' Adaptation Will Shoot Early Next Year

by Jeff Otto
July 31, 2011 4:13 AM
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Filmmaker Says Financing Is In Place For 'Sin City' & 'Machete' Sequels; Scripts Just Have To Be Honed



On the heels of Robert Rodriguez’s launch of Quick Draw Productions at Comic-Con and the slew of projects they currently have in development, the perennially occupied writer/director/producer/musician has also been promoting his latest directorial effort, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D,” which hits theaters on August 19th.

The Playlist spoke with Rodriguez about all the happenings at Quick Draw and got a quick update on the advancements since we last spoke at Comic-Con way back when (a week or so ago).

The primary idea behind Quick Draw is to develop and finance projects independently before going to studios for distribution. Rodriguez hopes this will prevent the usual hiccups and slowdowns inherent in working with studios over the course of the often slow development process. While all of Rodriguez’s future efforts will be under the Quick Draw banner, certain properties such as “Spy Kids” and “Sin City” aren’t owned by Rodriguez. “I don’t own the rights to those but then neither do the Weinsteins. Disney still has the rights," he said. "That’s why from now on I’m like, I’m just going to own everything because depending on where you go and to which studio, they might go out of business or whatever. You don’t want to tie it up over there. Especially if I make it so economically feasible that I could have paid for it myself, why am I saving these guys money?”

The “Heavy Metal” property he recently acquired rights to has traveled through a few hands over the years, most notably David Fincher, Paul Verhoeven and Zack Snyder. I asked Rodriguez whether he’s spoken to any of those directors since he took over the project and which other directors he might be considering for "Metal' installments down the line. “It could be [directors] that had expressed interest [in the past]," he said of what filmmakers could come on board to shoot the omnibus picture. "A lot of people never got the opportunity to be in on it. A lot of people have expressed interest. So yeah, I will be taking it out to different directors who I think might be a good fit and who might be available to move right away.”

While “Heavy Metal” is still in the early planning stages, two projects that are closer to production are “Machete 2” and “Sin City 2,” both of which Rodriguez currently plans to direct. “Our new company’s a little strange in that, usually, you’ve got somebody with a script and they’re trying to get the financing," he explained. "Our company is the other way around. We’ve got the financing, we’re just waiting for the script. So the focus is where it should be. You’re not worrying about the money, you’re just making sure the script’s where it should be. So whichever one has the script ready to go first. ‘Sin City’ has so many effects, conceivably you could shoot ‘Machete 2’ after and it could still come out before ‘Sin City 2.’ So how the distribution goes, I’m not sure, but they might just end up shooting around the same time.”

Since the first “Machete” movie was co-directed by Ethan Maniquis, I asked whether that might be a franchise he sees handing off to other directors down the line. “‘Machete,’ I could just produce and have somebody come in, yeah. If I found a really cool writer/director to come in to do it, they could do that too.”

One project that hasn’t been mentioned amongst the onslaught of Quick Draw-related productions is Rodriguez’s long-gestating “Blade-Runner”-esque science fiction flick, “Nerverackers.” “Oh yeah, I’m still going to do that one,” Rodriguez said with assurance. “That’s one that I have with the Weinsteins, so it would be a few pictures down the line.”

Yet another project announced at Comic-Con was “Fire and Ice,” a live action version of artist Frank Frazetta’s animated 1983 movie. Surprisingly, Rodriguez also plans to direct this one, and sooner than you might expect, considering he's already said "Sin City 2" could shoot sometime later this year if the script is complete. “ 'Fire and Ice,' that one’s the one that’s going to go for sure the first half of next year.”

So how in the world can Rodriguez direct all of these movies? He hopes working for himself under the Quick Draw banner will allow him to nurture his own workaholic nature without the worries of studio interference (or concern). Rodriguez lets out a big laugh when asked how he can handle all of these projects at once. “They might just shoot back-to-back or maybe at the same time.”

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5 Comments

  • calixto rodriguez (fine art specialist) | December 24, 2011 7:24 AMReply

    Robert Rodriguez and Frazzetta are true geniuses.Hey Robert,hook me up with a job.I love art and am very creative.Me encanta inventar escenas de pelicula y dibujar fantasia.

    kindest regards,

    Calixto Rodriguez
    310-986-7602

  • so, so tired..... | August 1, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    This guy hasn't made a good film since 1995 and is one of the most borish filmmakers in hollywood. Seriously, all these bullshit projects he goes on about-- who the fuck wants to see a sequel to Sin city, now, in 2011?? The one interesting aspect of the original was the comic book aesthetic. All three of the stories were boring and lame. Now that we've seen all the visual gimmicks and they're no longer interesting or new, what could the sequel possibly offer?

    Fire and Ice is awesome as it is and won't work as a live action. He'll turn it into some cheap ass green screen crap no one wants to see.

    The worst thing about all this is that he has talent for making good, entertaining flicks (Dusk till Dawn) but seems like he can't be fucked making good shit when cheap, fast, mediocre shit puts more money in his pocket (see spy kids, shorts, machete, etc).

    That's it, I'm done.

  • Stephen B | August 1, 2011 7:21 AMReply

    Wish I could disagree with the below poster, but I can't. I'd like to see Rodriguez be forced into doing a CGI-free feature. It's been a complete crutch for him for the past 10+ years. It's not the whole reason his movies suck now, but it is at least part of the reason they all look cheap (which they are) and like they were made in an afternoon (which they might as well have been).

  • RR has the mind of an 8 year old, nobody care/like | July 31, 2011 8:20 AMReply

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  • styles | July 31, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    how can this guy still make movies, let alone get in a position to make MORE?? jeez...

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