Robert Rodriguez appeared last night at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about his upcoming projects and his new production company QuickDraw Productions. During the panel, he updated the crowd on a number of his long-discussed projects and we’ve bulletpointed them for you.
- Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again – We’ve already known that Rodriguez has at least one of the two sequels written, and the director announced last night that the sequels have been greenlighted and that a trailer for Machete Kills Again will appear on the end of Machete Kills. No word on a start date for the projects.
- Sin City 2 – Rodriguez once again stated that the script for his follow up to the 2006 adaption of the Frank Miller comic series is ready and contains three stories – the “A Dame To Kill For” story arc from the comics and two new storylines. He stated that the project could start filming this year, but I think that the use of the word “could” makes me suspect that there are a lot of factors that will have to come into play to make that happen. Rodriguez also stated that he would like to film he sequel in 3D as he claims to have found a way “to use 3D that no one’s used before.”
- Heavy Metal – Rodriguez announced his acquiring the film rights to the seminal French anthology comic by stating that it was something he never thought he would be able to get. He stated that he wants to approach the project asboth a film and a large scale media project. Much like the Grindhouse trailer contest yielded up Hobo With A Shotgun, which was then developed into its own movie, Rodriguez wants to give budding filmmakers the chance to make their own Heavy Metal movie and enter it into a competition. If the winner is good enough it just may appear in the actual film. (You can find more information about the contest here.) I guessthis means that the planned David Fincher/James Cameron collaboration is dead.
- Fire And Ice – The planned remake of the Frank Frazetta animated fantasy film is still on track and Rodriguez screened a reel of pre-production art. Rodriguez also stated that he is planning on opening a museum to feature the fantasy artist’s work.