The word from Robert Rodriguez during the San Diego Comic Con was that Sin City 2 was in the works. Today, we learn that William Monahan, the Oscar winning screenwriter for The Departed, has been hired to work on the script to bring it closer to production.
During his panel at the San Diego Comic Con, Robert Rodriguez announced that Frank Miller has indeed completed the script for Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. The sequel will not only include an adaptation of the Sin City arc, but two new stories set in the world of Sin City. Rodriguez revealed that the title for one of them will be The Long Bad Night.
Because Rodriguez basically controls all means of production and shoots most of it on green screen, the director stated that the film could begin shooting as early as later this year.
During the Robert Rodriguez panel held Thursday at the San Diego Comic Con, the director/actor/editor/special effects guru/entire crew announced he is making a live action feature based on Frank Frazetta’s Fire and Ice.
If you thought Robert Rodriguez couldn’t do much more with the Spy Kids franchise after Spy Kids 3-D, think again. To appeal to those who have kids, but want to still live a life of adventure, your role model shall now be Jessica Alba – Spy Mom.
On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all…married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don’t want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn’t know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case – Marissa’s a retired secret agent.
Marissa’s world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world’s most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.
There is a lot of talk and discussion about whether or not Robert Rodriguez will direct the Deadpool movie for 20th Century Fox. I don’t know whether a comment by Rodriguez at the San Diego Comic Con got everyone in a tizzy, or if the director and Fox have really come to an agreement, but the L.A. Times is running the story that the parties are sitting down for some serious negotiations. Now negotiations are a far cry from a done deal, especially when there are specific items that need to be addressed by both sides.
It would be great to see Rodriguez stretch his legs and explore the more adult side of the capes and tights genre as opposed to his Lavagirl and Sharkboy movie.
What say you Spoilerites? Does a Rodriguez directed Deadpool movie sit right with you?
Marcus Nispel has been set as the director for the new Conan movie being developed by Nu Image/Millenium Films, according to Variety.Â Nu Image/Millenium Films is teaming with Paradox, the company that holds the rights to Robert E. Howard’s creations to make the movie a reality.
Paradox originally set the project at Warner Bros. but declined to ink a new rights deal after numerous unsuccessful attempts to make it with directors like Larry and Andy Wachowski and Robert Rodriguez. Malmberg then set it with Lerner in a seven-figure deal with strong progress to production stipulations. Lerner flirted with Brett Ratner last year, but the filmmaker could not commit in a timely fashion and Lerner couldn’t wait.
Nispel was the director for the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massecre and Friday the 13th.
I’m finding the best way to start my morning is to take a peek under the hood of Hollywood and find out what is percolating.Â Â Today, it’s a dose of Spider-Man 4, Star Trek, Ghostbuster, and Dragonball news.Â Yup, Dragonball, with a bit of A-Team news to boot.
Variety is reporting Robert Rodriguez is taking the Machete trailer from his Grindhouse film, and turning it into a feature length movie.Â Danny Trejo will play the lead character, with Rodriguez expected to start filming in June.
Machete is a Mexican ex-Federale with a gift for wielding a blade, who hides out as a day laborer, who is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator.
In addition to that bit of news, Variety also reports that the producer/director/editor/graphic artist/musician/grip/gaffer/catterer/fill in any other job Rodriguez does himself here has written the script for the relaunch of the Predator series for 20th Century Fox.Â This I find really interesting, because the last round of Aliens vs. Predator didn’t totally suck balls, and in fact made quite a bit of money for the studio.
For now it looks like Rodriguez is only writing the Predator script.
This past weekend, Andrew Stanton, the man behind many of the best animated movies of the last 15 years, said the upcoming John Carter of Mars movie will not be a Pixar movie, but will be firmly under the Disney banner.Â Stanton also dismissed rumors that the film would be entirely 3D in nature.
The look of the film will be “very real,” and not highly-stylized, due to what Stanton sees as the way the original story has been ripped off by many different movies over the years; it’ll also be a faithful retelling, with Carter remaining the Civil War soldier that he was in Burroughs’ original. Again, despite what many have been saying, the film will be both live action and not shot in 3-D (although he feels that Disney may end up disagreeing with him on that latter point), and he’s suitably daunted by the prospect of live action directing, commenting that, “It is huge, it is exciting, it scares the crap out of me. Itâ€™s either going to make me or break me.”
If Stanton is really going to be true to the original story, does that mean audiences will be subjected the wild wang of John Carter as he runs across the Martian landscape naked?Â Will Deja Thoris be nude the entire time?Â It’s Disney, I doubt it, which means this won’t be a faithful adaptation as Burroughs had the inhabitants of Mars running around naked the entire time.Â It would be interesting to see some Frank Frazetta stylings going on though.
Readers should also keep in mind that this film has been bounced around from studio to studio for almost a decade as everyone from Harry Knowles from Ain’t it Cool News and Robert Rodriguez have been attached as producers at one point.Â With the property now in the hands of Disney, this could go one of two ways; it’ll get done in the saccharine Disney way, or it will get shelved because it will be too expensive for the company to undertake in these economic times (and the fact they’ll have to cover up boobies).
According to Variety, Mickey Rourke is in talks with Marvel Studios for a part in the upcoming Iron Man 2 sequel.
…Rourke is in discussions to play the Crimson Dynamo, a heavily tattooed Russian arms dealer. Heâ€™s considered to be an evil version of Iron Man because he battles the superhero in a nuclear-powered suit of armor.
Interesting choice if it plays out.Â Rourke is on a high recently after his stellar performance in The Wrestler.Â Major Spoilers fans will remember Rourke in his performance as Marv in the the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller adaptation of Sin City.