spy kids reboot

Ready for a Spy Kids reboot? Even if you’re not, you’re getting one anyway. Skydance is moving ahead with a revival of the family-friendly franchise, and they’re bringing in original director Robert Rodriguez to write and direct. The film series first launched in 2001, and followed by three sequels and an animated series. The original films followed siblings Carmen and Juni Cortez, who discover they’re part of an entire family of spies.

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From Dusk Till Dawn animated series

For people who were amped about the indie film boom of the 1990s, From Dusk Till Dawn represented an exciting new development in the careers of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Years before the failed 2007 experiment that was Grindhouse, the two indie wunderkinds teamed up to make a unique B-movie that shifted from a straightforward crime thriller into an all-out vampire horror film.

Now, 25 years later, Rodriguez says that a From Dusk Till Dawn animated series is in development. Read his quote below. Read More »

Making of We Can Be Heroes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look behind the scenes at the making of Robert Rodriguez‘s family friendly superhero movie We Can Be Heroes. Plus, watch as Adam Savage builds an outstanding replica of Chewbacca’s signature bowcaster from the Star Wars saga. And finally, check out a documentary roundtable discussion with the filmmakers behind Boys State, Crip Cramp, All In: The Fight for Democracy, and more.

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we can be heroes sequel

Over the holiday, around 44 million households tuned into Robert Rodriguez‘s We Can be Heroes, making the new family superhero movie one of Netflix’s biggest hits. And all those parents who plopped their kids in front of the spiritual sequel to Rodriguez’s Sharkboy and Lavagirl for just two hours of peace and quiet can look forward to another kid-friendly sequel from the filmmaker. Yes, We Can Be Heroes is getting a sequel.

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alita battle angel 2

Robert Rodriguez is holding out for a cyborg hero. The Alita: Battle Angel director is optimistic that a sequel can be made, particularly now that Disney+ opens all kinds of doors for the 20th Century Fox film.

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We Can Be Heroes featurette

Say what you will about the films of Robert Rodriguez, which have varied in quality pretty drastically since El Mariachi put him on the map in the early 1990s, but the guy obviously has a boundless passion for making movies. He also has a passion for pulling back the curtain to reveal the process of filmmaking, which results in the experience being demystified and younger generations being presented with practical knowledge they may not have been able to easily access otherwise.

Netflix recently released a new Robert Rodriguez superhero film called We Can Be Heroes that’s aimed squarely at children, and the streamer has since released a featurette with the director describing how the visual effects were accomplished. Behind the scenes featurettes are commonplace, but this one’s different – it isn’t explicitly stated in the video, but this one seems specifically designed so kids can learn some of the secrets about how filmmaking works.
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Robert Rodriguez Directing The Mandalorian

Robert Rodriguez has made a throwback to his Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl days. We Can Be Heroes is another Rodriguez kids’ movie full of rainbow colors, unrestrained giddiness, and childlike imagination. The original Netflix superhero movie is wish-fulfillment for children. It’s also another movie that feels hand-crafted by Rodriguez, a famously do-it-yourself filmmaker.

It’s a big month for the director, who reintroduced audiences to Boba Fett in a killer episode of The Mandalorian. Both the director’s entry in the Star Wars universe and addition to Netflix’s library bears his signature eye for playful escapism. With almost 30 years in the business, Rodriguez’s childlike wonder for filmmaking remains firmly intact.

That enthusiasm comes through on-screen and even over the phone when you interview the Austin-based director, who recently told us about the benefits of creating original properties, lessons from George Lucas and James Cameron, and his fond memories from making Alita: Battle Angel.

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As teased in an end-credit sequence following the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s journey will continue in The Book of Boba Fett, a new Disney+ Original Series produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez. Set within the timeline of The Mandalorian and starring Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter, along with Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, The Book of Boba Fett is currently in production and will arrive December 2021 on Disney+.

As a massive Boba Fett fan, this is a total dream come true. While the official announcement states the series is set during the events of The Mandalorian, the title suggests the show may have some anthology elements, like Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Tales or those classic books of the Expanded Universe era like Tales From Jabba’s Palace and Tales of the Bounty Hunters.

If the show utilizes a framing technique that has Boba reminiscing on his life and career as the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, we may get to see some fabled moments from the character’s past that will disintegrate (in a good way) the hearts and minds of diehard Fett fans everywhere. Here are some people, places, and things that really, really should appear in the upcoming series.

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Robert Rodriguez Directing The Mandalorian

The most recent episode of the second season of The Mandalorian was one of the shortest we’ve seen so far. Clocking in around 32 minutes (including credits), the ominously titled “The Tragedy” was a breezy episode, but there was still a lot that happened.

Spoilers ahead.

Temuera Morrison returned as Boba Fett, Ming-Na Wen came back as Fennec Shand, the Razor Crest was destroyed, and Grogu was taken by Dark Troopers to Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). But even with all that happening, the script was even shorter.

Director Robert Rodriguez, who helmed the episode, has been making the publicity rounds for his upcoming superhero movie We Can Be Heroes, coming to Netflix on New Year’s Day. During a couple interviews, Rodriguez revealed that he had to beef up a short 19-page script for “The Tragedy” with plenty of action. But perhaps more surprisingly, the filmmaker was also a last minute replacement to direct the episode. Read More »

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We Can Be Heroes Trailer

Robert Rodriguez has a superhero movie called We Can Be Heroes coming to Netflix at the beginning of 2021. Initially, it seemed like it was a new, original premise from the director, utilizing as much green screen technology as possible to bring it to life. But earlier this week, we learned the movie takes place in the same universe as The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, and both of the superheroes are returning all grown up. But they wont be in action for long.

We Can Be Heroes finds alien invaders kidnapping all of Earth’s superheroes, leaving their superpowered kids to be protected in a government safe house. But rather than sit by and let their parents suffer at the tentacles of these nasty aliens, these rugrats take matters into their own hands to save their parents and the world. It’s basically Spy Kids with superheroes, and it all looks quite ridiculous, and you can watch the We Can Be Heroes trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »