Comic-Con 2011: MACHETE KILLS AGAIN…in space, and more news from Robert Rodriguez

by: Kristal Bailey
July 22nd, 2011

Robert Rodriguez is a very busy man. Head of his own film production company, Quick Draw Productions, he’s got a ton of projects in the works and they’ve got that certain flair that he is known for but now have a new focus on the artist and the art itself.

After plugging SPY KIDS in 4D with Aromascope, he dove in to talking about SIN CITY 2, MACHETE sequels, Frank Franzetta, and an anthology project he’s really excited about. The big news is that MACHETE KILLS and MACHETE KILLS AGAIN have been greenlit and KILLS AGAIN will be a space opera, even featuring a machete-shaped light saber. It’s really rare to see Mexicans in space, let alone a badass Mexican, so he just really wanted to make that happen.

After the success of SIN CITY, he always knew he wanted to go back in to that world with Frank Miller. When he was at Comic-Con years ago to promote it, he posted frames from the comic and show the corresponding scenes. It was unlike anything else that had come out to that point and really brought to life that comic book world. He’ll be tackling that again with SIN CITY: A LONG BAD NIGHT, which could start shooting as early as the end of the year. He’d love for it be an even deeper look and shoot it in 3D.

All his non-mainstream projects are done through his production company Quick Draw Productions. With a small team and a close relationship with AMD technology, they’ve been able to produce some killer work for minimal money. The business he’s created out in Austin is truly inspirational for young filmmakers. While working on GRINDHOUSE, he was able to do a trailer contest that led to the production HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN. He’s looking to do something similar in his next project HEAVY METAL.

Heavy Metal is a well-known comic book anthology with submissions for artists known and unknown that just love the art. Rodriquez grew up reading it and just acquired the rights. He’s looking to produce the film and has already written his story that would be included, but in the spirit of helping young up and coming filmmakers he’s opened the other stories to submission. To send in your story ideas and/or art for the film, visit www.amd.com/heavymetal.

Anthology movies are tough to sell, but he’s got a proven track record with SIN CITY. PULP FICTION proved it could be a critical success, so he’s sure HEAVY METAL could work too. And since HEAVY METAL has a built-in comic fanbase, it’s been easy to find people who want to be a part of it.

And lastly, he’s working on a passion project of his in collaboration with the Frank Franzetta properties. Frank Franzetta produced some truly iconic paintings that need to be reintroduced to the current generation (myself included). He’s worked with the family to set up Frank Franzetta museum that will be in Austin, specific location still to be determined, hopefully opening before SXSW next year.

On top of this, his production company will be making an animated film to bring his work to life, inspired by his iconic piece FIRE AND ICE. The sizzle clip he showed of the few stills they’ve worked on already, it definitely lives in Franzetta’s world and is unlike any other animated movies out there.

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