Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.
Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!
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Another Red Sonja adaptation has been stuck in development hell for years. Plenty of talent has boarded and fallen off the project. Years ago a version starring Rose McGowan and produced by Robert Rodriguez came very close to happening, but it never came to fruition. After years of waiting, director Bryan Singer might be the one to bring this character back to life.
Learn more about the rumored Red Sonja television series below.
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This is a cool piece of vintage video footage captured by director Robert Rodriguez. His friend and fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reads him the opening of an early version of the Kill Bill screenplay in 1994, nine years before the movie was released. Hit the jump to watch Quentin Tarantino read from his very early draft of the Kill Bill script and hear Rodriguez’s in-the-moment response.
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Next week brings Sylvester Stallone back yet again as famed boxer Rocky Balboa. But this time he’s a mere supporting player, as the son of Apollo Creed takes the spotlight in a new era for the boxing franchise. Creed sees Michael B. Jordan take the title role of a young up and coming boxer struggling to live up to the legacy of his late father. And he has quite the supporter in his corner with Rocky as his trainer, even if it looks like he might be on his way out.
Now you can spend some time with Stallone as he sits down for a 50-minute discussion with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez for an episode of The Director’s Chair on The El Rey Network. It’s a fascinating career-spanning chat that dives into Stallone’s life as an actor and a filmmaker. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Director Robert Rodriguez has always been game for experimentation and actor John Malkovich has never shied away from odd projects, but their new collaboration, titled 100 Years, is something else entirely. Although it’s technically a promotional stunt for Louis XIII Cognac, a luxury item that costs more than most human beings make in a month, this film can’t help but make a fascinating artistic statement by its very nature.
Because it won’t be released for a century. Seriously. 100 Years won’t be screened anywhere until 2115. Even the teasers that have been released don’t contain footage from the actual movie. The gimmick is that is takes 100 years to properly age Louis XIII into a bottle of booze that only millionaires can afford, so what happens when you let a top secret Rodriguez/Malkovich project sit around for a century?
Hit the jump a few teasers and some more information on the 100 Years movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
For several years now, James Cameron has been planning to make a live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. But he’s been tied up with the Avatar sequels, and has even suggested he might only direct Avatar movies from now on. So where does that leave Battle Angel Alita?
Well, as of today, in the capable hands of director Robert Rodriguez. The Machete director is confirmed to helm the manga adaptation, now going by the slightly different title Alita: Battle Angel. Cameron remains on board as a producer, along with Jon Landau. Read all about the Alita Battle Angel Robert Rodriguez news after the jump. Read More »
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 »
The Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest, about the globe-trotting adventures of a boy, his scientist father, and a small group of compatriots, has been in development as a film for years. Back in 2008 a Jonny Quest script even ended up on the Black List of popular unproduced screenplays. But that version stalled out, and has remained in limbo for a very long time. Now Warner Bros. has revived the Jonny Quest movie plan, and has Robert Rodriguez set to direct. Read More »
Machete and Machete Kills followed up on the joke trailer Robert Rodriguez created for the Grindhouse double-bill he and Quentin Tarantino put together in 2007. But there have been talks — or jokes, at least — about a third movie.
Rodriguez even opened the second movie with another fake trailer, for Machete Kills Again… In Space. With these films, it’s sometimes difficult to gauge what is a real idea and what is a joke, and even what is a joke idea that becomes real. But star Danny Trejo says that work on Machete 3, er, Machete Kills Again …In Space, will begin this year. Read More »