Robert Rodriguez spills the beans on several projects

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
February 26th, 2010

Robert Rodriguez has got to be one of the most eclectic directors of all time. I say this because as I was reading The Playlist‘s break on Rodriguez’s new interview in Empire, I realized that the films on his docket range from sci-fi to action to kid’s films. The one uniting factor in most of Rodriguez’s work is his passion for a”Tex-Mex” type of cinema and its influence in all of his work. So let’s jump into it, what does Rodriguez have behind the curtain?

Currently Rodriguez is in post-production for MACHETE, finishing the script for SPY KIDS 4, producing PREDATORS, and dodging rumors about a SIN CITY 2 start date. That’s a pretty full schedule for any director, but Rodriguez wants more.

“…I hate to pit all my energy into a project and then find out an actor’s not available and have to start over. ‘Nervewrackers’ was all ready to go, down to the costumes — I’m actually wearing the hero’s jacket right now — but the [actor] I had in mind got booked so we’re waiting for him. And in the meantime, I’ve got ideas on how to improve it. We try to hit every project a little bit every day.”

NERVEWRACKERS is Rodriguez’s secret project that he has been chipping away at for years now and it seems the film is finally close to becoming a reality. And, in true Rodriguez fashion, it’s absolutely insane…

“Nerverackers is set in the year 2085 and centers on the character Joe Tezca, part of an elite unit who is sent in to stop a crime wave amongst a perfect futuristic society. In the process, he discovers that ‘Nerverackers’ are on a rampage for control of the city. Tezca consequently sets forth on a mission to reveal the cover up by the ruling class and stop the ‘Nerverackers’ before time runs out.”

Rodriguez calls the film his BLADE RUNNER. It certainly sounds like an ambitious project for the director and I would love to see him bring his Latin-American flair to the sci-fi genre.

Speaking of space, what about his involvement in THE JETSONS big-screen adaptation? Elizabeth Avellan (who works with Roriguez at his Trouble Maker Studios) gave an update on the project…

“There was one point where ‘The Jetsons’ was in place here. That would have been a much bigger project then we’ve ever done; you’d have to create a whole world from scratch. Right now it’s not in the cards. What we’re good at is keeping the budget low, by cutting out the paper work and keeping the effects in house. Where ’300′ and ‘The Spirit’ cost $70-90$ million each, we made ‘Sin City’ for half that”

So, it sounds like Rodriguez can’t juggle everything without a few balls falling out of orbit. I am OK with THE JETSONS hitting the ground, I think it would be destined to be crappy FLINSTONES fodder.

There you have it, Robert Rodriguez and all his projects. Which one are you most excited to see?

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