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Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez Talks Rebooting ‘Spy Kids’ & Says He Has An Idea For "5D Version"

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 9, 2011 7:01 AM
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Robert Rodriguez has been really, really busy. But that’s nothing new for the writer/director/producer, and that seems to be the way he likes it. In addition to the 11 features he’s directed since first turning heads with his low budget classic “El Mariachi” (financed largely by Rodriguez’ willingness to submit himself to medical experimentations), Rodriguez has generally had his hands in just about every other area of filmmaking imaginable: writing, editing, producing, doing DP work, composing music and, we’re betting, handling grip and best boy duties at some point too.

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

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • 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 HonedOn 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.

First Look At Concept Art For Robert Rodriguez's Frank Frazetta Adaptation 'Fire And Ice'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 27, 2011 1:40 AM
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Long before Jon Favreau figured out how to effectively exploit the comic-reading crowd in San Diego, Robert Rodriguez was one of the kings of Comic-Con. The genre filmmaker was responsible for the Mexi-western "Desperado," robbers and vampires genre mashup "From Dusk 'Till Dawn" and most importantly "Sin City," his panel-for-panel adaptation of the Frank Miller comic series. That 2005 film led the way for more slavish and stylized comic adaptations like "300" and "Watchmen" and showed audiences that you could make a comic book film look just like the comic book. But after his 2007 double-feature experiment with Quentin Tarantino "Grindhouse" sunk like a stone at the box office, he's been relatively quiet. Between "Sin City" and "Grindhouse" he made the kids flick "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D" which seemed to be a natural extension of his "Spy Kids" franchise, followed this up with another kids film "Shorts," about a magical wish-granting rock and he had a co-director credit on "Machete", one of his "Grindhouse" leftovers. The film he has planned for his big comeback is a fourth installment (and partial reboot) of his "Spy Kids" franchise. So, what happened to Robert Rodriguez?

Comic-Con '11: Robert Rodriguez Talks Acquiring 'Heavy Metal' Rights, 'Sin City 2' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 22, 2011 1:57 AM
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10 Things Learned About Both Projects Including Plans For 'Fire & Ice' Adaptation & More 'Machete' FilmsWe're a month or so away from prolific, renegade Texan genre filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's latest picture, "Spy Kids 4D: All The Time In The World," but it's safe to say that only the parents, Rodriguez obsessives and hardcore Jessica Alba stalkers among us will be checking that one out: it's not for us, and that's just fine. But in Hall H of Comic-Con yesterday, Rodriguez announced a number of projects that should appeal much more to his usual target audience.

Robert Rodriguez Announces Two 'Machete' Sequels Says 'Sin City 2' May Come Later This Year

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  • July 21, 2011 12:22 PM
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Fincher Out: Anthology Film 'Heavy Metal' Named First New Project In Filmmakers Quick Draw ProductionsHolding court in Hall H this evening, director Robert Rodriguez unveiled and rattled off project after project during his panel at Comic-Con 2011.

Franco Nero Insists Quentin Tarantino Will Be In His Western 'The Angel, The Brute, And The Wise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 5:24 AM
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Way back at the beginning of the year, there was a bit of excitement and confusion when legendary Italian actor Franco Nero said he was making a spaghetti western with Quentin Tarantino titled "The Angel, the Brute and the Wise." Many assumed the latter was directing the film -- which Nero said would also star Keith Carradine and Treat Williams -- however it soon transpired that Tarantino was directing a spaghetti western of sorts, "Django Unchained," and that "The Angel, the Brute and the Wise" was something else entirely. Anyway, as talk of Tarantino's slavery vengeance pic heated up, everyone pretty much forgot about Nero's project but he still insists it's happening and that Tarantino will play a small role in it.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Spy Kids: All The Time In The World' Demonstrates Aroma-Scope, Still Stinks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 7:30 AM
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With everyone and their mums shooting films in 3D these days, Robert Rodriguez, one of the first filmmakers to use the format, is going the extra mile for his re-boot/sequel to his family franchise, "Spy Kids: All The Time In The World" -- the film was promised to be in '4D,' and it emerged that that meant that film would be presented in Aroma-Scope, a new take on the Smell-O-Vision concept, not seen since John Waters used it on "Polyester," with scratch'n'sniff cards being given to audience members, with on-screen prompts enabling them to smell exactly what the audience are smelling.

Watch: Trailer For 'Spy Kids: All The Time In The World' Debuts In 4D, Or Something

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2011 12:56 PM
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You can't say that Robert Rodriguez wasn't ahead of the curve when it came to the current 3D fad/revolution. The technology might have been primitive compared to what's being used these days, but 2003's "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over" was the first wide 3D release in literally decades, predating the work of better known advocates in the field like James Cameron and Robert Zemeckis, and, for better or worse, paving the way for the current glut of stereoscopic releases.

Robert Rodriguez Calls 'Deadpool' Directorial Rumors Overblown & "Bizarre"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 11:06 AM
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A cautionary tale and here's why the offer story is dangerous (and not something we love, but something we recognize is part of the game these days). Back in the day we were the first to report that Robert Rodriguez had been offered "Deadpool," the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," spin-off starring Ryan Reynolds.

SXSW '11 Trailer: 'Blacktino' With Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 21, 2011 6:44 AM
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SXSW gets underway in just a few weeks with an especially stacked film lineup this year, from more high profile premieres (“Source Code,” “The Beaver,” “Paul”) to festival favorites from Sundance and TIFF (“Win Win,” “Beginners,” “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey”). For more homegrown fare, the fest has its “Lone Star States” category for films made in or about Texas which is kicking off the festival with “blacktino” by first-time filmmaker Aaron Burns. The indie coming-of-age film may sound slightly familiar to some due to a viral stunt late last year for “Citizen Jane,” supposedly an action packed remake of Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kane.” A humorous trailer and poster featuring a bazooka-toting Michelle Rodriguez appeared just in time for Fantastic Fest and was quickly uncovered to be a movie-within-a-movie for “blacktino.”

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