SDCC 2011: Robert Rodriguez Announces 'Heavy Metal', Updates on 'Machete' Sequels,'Sin City 2'

Thursday, 21 July 2011 22:39 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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SDCC 2011: Robert Rodriguez Announces 'Heavy Metal', Updates on 'Machete' Sequels,'Sin City 2'

Robert Rodriguez has been talking up a potential sequel to Sin City since very shortly after the first film debuted in 2005.  For the last half-decade, he and co-director Frank Miller will offer a hopeful update on Sin City 2 seemingly ever few months, and the would-be movie is almost always tantalizingly close to production, according to the independently-minded director and medium-redefining comic book writer/artist.  It should come as no surprise, then, that at his Comic-Con panel today, Rodriguez made some optimistic statements about Sin City 2.  What might be a bit more surprising, however, is that he also announced two Machete sequels, Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again.  There's more, though: Rodriguez is now behind the latest attempt at a new version of Heavy Metal.

Rodriguez kicked off his nicely informal, chatty panel by thanking everybody in Hall H for supporting Machete, the Grindhouse-born B-movie he co-directed Ethan Maniquis last year.  Thanks to the film's performance on DVD, Rodriguez said, fans can now expect a sequel titled Machete Kills, which will go into production shortly.  That sequel will be preceded by a trailer for Machete Kills Again, yet another sequel that will take the unstoppable anti-hero played by Danny Trejo to the final frontier.  Yes, that's correct, the third film will see Machete heading into outer space.

As far as Sin City 2, Rodriguez confirmed yet again that the screenplay is written and will contain three separate tales from Basin City, including A Dame to Kill For, which tells a sort of origin story for Dwight, the character played by Clive Owen in The Big Fat Kill segment of Sin City.  That story would feature the sultriest of sultry dames, and Rodriguez previously mentioned the possibility of Angelina Jolie playing the part, though that probably disappeared from the realm of possibility some time ago.

He mentioned that Miller, the man behind the comics on which the first film was so exactingly based, wrote a new story for the potential sequel titled The Long Bad Night.  Rodriguez, whose upcoming Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is the second in his franchise to be released in 3D, would shoot the sequel in 3D.  Finally, he once again stoked the fires of hope by saying that Sin City 2 could shoot this year.  He went so far as to say, "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen this year."

With a good amount of showmanship, Rodriguez then announced the debut title for his new QuickDraw production banner: Heavy Metal, a new cinematic take on the magazine adapted as a feature collection of animated  vignettes in 1981.  The director revealed this with an animated logo before bringing out Kevin Eastman, the publisher of Heavy Metal magazine.  His take will involve giving fans and burgeoning artists a chance to showcase their talent and enthusiasm by submitting their Heavy Metal artwork to amd.com/heavymetal.  If the Man in the Cowboy Hat finds it to his liking, fan submissions might just end up in the actual movie.

The director mentioned briefly the version of Heavy Metal that David Fincher attempted to get off the ground, but it was thoroughly past-tense and the fact that Rodriguez now has the property means that a Fincher-produced Heavy Metal is effectively kaput.

Finally, he unveiled his plan to bring art to Comic-Con in a new way, bringing original artwork from the legendary late painter Frank Frazetta, who created iconic and influential artwork for Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars books and Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian.  With Frank's son Billy Frazetta, Rodriguez shared concept art from Fire and Ice, a feature film that would channel Franzetta's work in a manner similar to how Sin City represented Frank Miller's style.

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