Comic-Con regular Robert Rodriguez had an intimate Hall H presentation Thursday evening to talk about his newest venture, Quick Draw Productions. If you’re familiar with Hall H, you’re probably questioning my use of the word “intimate” as it’s a big venue, generally stuffed to the bathrooms with people and big events. Not so, this night, as Robert Rodriguez appeared on stage himself to start slowly unveiling three partnerships, but nothing was that ground shattering. If the ground had shattered, few people would have fallen in, as the voluminous Hall was only about a quarter full for the casual, talky presentation.
Before launching into the what and the when of his new production company, Rodriguez ran down the list of things he’s always asked about – namely Machete, Sin City, and Spy Kids 4. To find out what he said about this, and his future in animation, keep readin’ on.
The plan has always been to return to the Frank Miller graphical word and tell the story “A Dame to Kill For.” Through the years various names have been attached, names like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Currently, the script is completed which would follow the previously mentioned graphic novel, which would be joined by two entirely new Sin City stories, an unrevealed one and one entitled “The Long Bad Night.”
Rodriguez wants to shoot the film in 3D, claiming that he has an idea of how to utilize the format within the Sin City construct in such a way that hasn’t been done yet. Though he also claimed that he started the rise of 3D with Spy Kids 3D, so there’s that. If you’re excited for another installment, be excited for the rest of the year – that’s when it may film, but if it doesn’t, then you’re going to have to sit in a bucket of ice, as Rodriguez will be busy elsewhere and the sequel would likely be shelved indefinitely.
Fans of the Danny Trejo slash-em-up will be glad to know that the sequel, Machete Kills, has been given the go-ahead. Rodriguez also said a third film was given the greenlight, but rapidly back pedaled saying that the first sequel definitely will be filmed, and that a third is planned. The third film sounds to be the best and most ridiculous of the lot. Entitled Machete Kills Again…in Space, the film is described as a “space opera” that would feature space babes and a lightsaber-esque machete, so count me the fuck in. He had me at space babes, which I assume are like regular babes, but from space, and naked.
Spy Kids 4D
Spy Kids 4 will be presented in 4D, which means the visuals will be in 3D and audience members will be given a “smell card” with 8 different smelly areas, which they will smell on cues from the movie. Apparently one of them is bacon and others will be gross. The movie should entertain adults according to Rodriguez, as it also features Rickey Gervais and Joel McHale.
Quick Draw Productions
The real bulk of the evening was devoted to a new production company called Quick Draw Productions, which will give Rodriguez and his partners the ability to finance, develop, and produce their own ideas and films, skipping the major studio system as RR is apt to do.
Rodriguez brought out Kevin Eastman and played a title card announcing one of their first forays: a new Heavy Metal installment. You probably recall at least three or four iterations of Heavy Metal dancing around with a variety of talent attached, but the rights, owned by Eastman, have been optioned by Quick Draw Productions and they aim to produce a multi-segment movie in the near future. The group also plans to make the fans a part of the experience through the website where fans are encouraged to pitch ideas, characters, and storylines. The winner will have their ideas worked into the movie, so head over to the site after you’ve given some thought to how many breasts the protagonist should have.
In more animation news, Rodriguez also announced a partnership with the Frazetta Estate of Frank-Frazetta-was-a-fucking-awesome-artist fame. The idea here is to remake the animated film Fire and Ice with the assistance of modern AMD technology, which will allow the creators to make animation that looks like actual Frank Frazetta art without having to actually paint each frame, which would be a bitch.
The studio plans to make several such features after Fire and Ice,with The Death Dealer being second in line.
Rodriguez also announced another aspect of the partnership which will have a Frazetta gallery established in Austin, Texas, where fans will be able to, for the first time, view the original paintings in all their magnificent glory in the Frazetta Museum. Awesome.