by: Chris Eaton
The rebel with a new studio.
Wow. This has been an interesting con to say the least. Sorry we’ve been a little behind on posting stories up, but every single member of the Realmcast crew has been busy as hell walking the streets of San Diego. We’ll have hundreds of pictures coming in the next few days. Until then, I figure I’d recap a few panels I’ve been to.
Thursday’s main panel I attended was Robert Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions. His new independent film label. He’s kinda doing the Kevin Smith thing self producing his own films. Since the man already has his own physical studio outside his home, it wasn’t that hard to do. He did offer some updates for his slate of films he’s got going on.
Machete: Apparently, Machete did very well on DVD. That means we’re going to see Machete Kills. That’s going to happen. And if Machete Kills is as successful as the first, the Machete Kills..Again will finish out the trilogy.
Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For: Yep, this one is finally happening too. Robert said that Frank Miller has completed the script, and that the first part of the film will be based on the story, A Dame To Kill For, but the other two will be brand new. He topped it off with that this film will probably be filming by the end of the year. (We’ll see)
Heavy Metal: His first Quick Draw production. Rodriguez has been a huge fan of Heavy Metal for most of his life. When the option on the David Fincher film lapsed, he snatched it right up. Rodriguez brought out Kevin Eastman, owner of Heavy Metal and creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to make the announcement for the film, and that they will be taking fan pitches for segments in the film.
Frank Frazetta: This one was nice. Being Frazetta is kinda near and dear to me though my dad, it was great to see that Robert has taken it upon himself to make sure the man’s legacy didn’t end with his death. Not only is Rodriguez braining Frazetta’s original paintings to Austin to open up a museum in conjunction with the Frazetta children, he’s going to be producing films based on some of his work. Most notably, Fire and Ice. This made me as happy as a fat kid in a candy store to hear this news. Seeing as the new John Carter film failed to capture the classic Frazetta look, it’ll be nice to see the man’s look up on the big screen, done properly.
All in all, very exciting stuff to look forward to in the near future from the man who gave us Desperado.