If yesterday‘s news that director Robert Rodriguez may be jumping into production on the much anticipated Sin City 2 even before he is done shooting Machete Kills didn’t sound like he was over working himself, perhaps this will convince you. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Rodriguez stated that as soon as he is finished with Sin City 2 he should be moving right into shooting the sword and sorcery fantasy Fire And Ice.
We’re almost done with the script, we’ve got it pretty much 70 percent there – I’m really excited about that one… I think the timing is going to work out just right and we’ll have a finished script in the next month or so. So that we can start lengthier pre-production and we can go right into pre-production – well, we’re actually in pre-production, sort of, or we’ve been doing a lot of the previsualization. But that would be the next thing after Sin City.
A remake of the 1983 animated film that was inspired by the paintings of Frank Frazetta, Rodriguez announced his planned back in May 2010.
A collaboration between animator and director Ralph Bakshi and Frazetti, Fire & Ice was elevated above its script rather straight forward sword-and-sorcery pulp roots – courtesy of comic book writers Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas who had both worked on four-color adaptations of Conan The Barbarian – through Frazetta’s unique fantasy work. Fire And Ice used the same rotoscoping process that Bakshi employed in his previous films Wizards, Lord Of The Rings and American Pop. And I would say that despite the good job of world building that Frazetta and Bakshi did, a good portion of the film’s charm is the use of rotoscoping to visualize the action.