Movie auteur Robert Rodriguez certainly is a busy boy of late. Robert Rodriguez and fiancée Rose McGowan are at it again. No… I meant movies, not sex. Well, actually maybe a bit of both…

Between shooting Rodriguez’ remake of the 1968 Roger Vadim-Jane Fonda film Barbarella, set for release sometime next year, the duo have begun shopping around for a television network (thus far NBC and FX have been named as some possibilities) interested in producing what will inevitably the next big controversial television hit: Women in Chains!, a series written by actor Josh Miller (Near Dark, 1987; The Mao Game, 1999) and M.A. Fortin (who must’ve done something, somewhere, sometime, but I’ll be damned if anyone knows what or where or when). Women in Chains! is an ode to female prison exploitation featuring “sadistic guards, cafeteria hosedowns, mud wrestling and violent vendettas.” According to the rumors, the series will focus on five main femmes in chains, one of which will be Rodriguez’ fiancée Rose McGowan (most recently drooled over in her role as Cherry Darling in Planet Terror, Rodriguez’ contribution to the 2007 double whammy Grindhouse, which unfortunately tanked at the box office despite McGowan’s delicious performance). Not much else is known about the Women in Chains! project, but many are crossing their fingers that HBO picks up the show so there can be nudity galore (you know, like on Sex and the City, only this time with hot chicks).

Rodriguez will also release Shorts sometime in 2009. Shorts is a comedy set in a cookie-cutter suburb in which all of the residents work for a company called Black Box, manufacturer of the “ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget,” according to Variety. While the rest of the details are unclear—they range from reports of chaos ensuing after one of the suburb’s residents discovers a “mysterious black box,” to the chaos that (again) ensues after an eleven-year-old boy from the neighborhood is hit in the head with a “rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it”. Several big names have signed on to the film, among them Jon Cryer , William H. Macy, the barfing drunk chick from The 40 Year Old Virgin – Leslie Mann, and Boston Legal star James Spader. The film’s cast was released by Warner Bros., Abu Dhabi Media Co., and Media Rights Capital—the film’s three production companies—last Thursday, and also includes Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Leo Howard, Devon Gearhart, Rodriguez’ son, Rebel Rodriguez, Jake Short and Jolie Vanier. Rodriguez is serving as his own director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor.


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