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Robert Rodriguez hosted two panels for the Television Critics Awards today on behalf of his El Rey Network, speaking about his interview series The Director’s Chair and season two of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. He even showed a clip of his chat with Michael Mann about Heat. After the panel, Rodriguez stayed to answer follow-up questions, so I asked him about his plans for the live-action Jonny Quest. Read More »

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Live Action Fire and Ice Remake

Ralph Bakshi, the animator who did films like Wizards and the first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, used an early rotoscope animation technique to create the fantasy story Fire and Ice, which adopted character designs by artist Frank Frazetta. Now Robert Rodriguez is going to make his first foray into full-on fantasy epics with a live-action Fire and Ice remake, in an attempt to launch a new fantasy franchise. Read More »

Robert Rodriguez is a director who always has quite a few projects on the burner; he’s also a director for whom it isn’t unusual to see multiple things coming into focus all at once. In 2012 Rodriguez will shoot Machete Kills, then Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and then if things go well he’ll move right into a new version of the film Fire and Ice. The original is an ’80s animated adventure story directed by Ralph Bakshi and designed by Frank Frazetta, with an evil Ice Lord, a fire princess, and a muscular hero out to save the day.

The original film made extensive use of rotoscoping, where animated characters are drawn based on live-action footage, and that technique is, in a way, related to the green-screen work that Rodriguez used for Sin City, and which will be used for his own Fire and Ice. Read More »

When Robert Rodriguez hit the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 on Thursday, he came with both barrels loaded. And a lot of extra ammunition. You’ve already read that he’s now going to attempt to make a Heavy Metal movie plus he offered updated on several other projects including:

  • Machete Kills
  • Machete Kills Again In Space (I’m not kidding.)
  • Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For
  • Frank Frazetta’s Fire & Ice

Read about all of these after the jump. Read More »

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When the artist Frank Frazetta passed away ten days ago, we saw a lot of hastily-assembled tributes to his work. Somehow, not many people pointed out Fire and Ice, the film on which Frazetta collaborated with animation director Ralph Bakshi.

But the film will get attention now because, after years of trying to get a deal together, Robert Rodriguez has bought the rights to remake Fire and Ice as a live-action film through his own Troublemaker Studios. Read More »