November 5, 2012

TO BE CONSIDERED: Robert Rodriguez For STAR WARS Universe

We've seen Disney take risks having Joss Whedon helming the Avengers with Serenity (a box office bomb) being his only feature film. It led to Marvel/Disney hiring James Gunn to write/direct their sci-fi epic Guardians of The Galaxy. Gunn who is best known for directing shockingly graphic violent movies came out of left field as well. Would it be possible to see Disney take another big chance with a director on one of these Star Wars offshoots? If so, my vote has to go to Robert Rodriquez.

Robert has been one of the more prolific directors of his generation. His first film El Marchi was made with only a budget of $7,000 and was released in 1993. He's since gone on to make eighteen other features . These projects have been a mix of kids films and action spectacles. Robert's directing slate doesn't seem to be filled up at this point. Since he completed Machete Kills and is currentling shooting Sin City 2 it's possible he could be up for another new venture very soon. Fire and Ice is his next feature based on the epic fantasy animated film which will shoot after Sin City 2 is done. There is speculation that Machete Kills Again/Machete In Space will be other possible projects for him. If Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is successful expect to see development on Sin City 3 go forward as well.

BOUNTY HUNTERS & SMUGGLERS: So we're pretty much in the dark when it comes to the characters used in Star Wars 1313. The video game features a bounty hunter navigating the planet Coruscant's subterranean level 1313 underworld as they try to uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy. Rumors have pointed a young Boba Fett is a strong possibility but nothing has been confirmed. If it turns out Boba is the main character than I expect this will end up thrown into Joe Johnston's Boba Fett film. The world of smugglers and space pirates could be another avenue within the universe.

This seedy world seems perfect for Rodriguez and he's been dying to make a science fiction film.  Roriguez had been attached to direct a Barbarella remake and a live-action Jetsons film. Predators was his baby as he played producer on the Predator reboot calling the creative shots. Nerverackers was going to be his homage to Blade Runner but the film has been struck in development hell. Robert is taking his exploitation action hero Machete into space with Machete Kills Again: In Space and is using Star Wars as reference. The director like others responded to the Star Wars news via EW which was positive. Lucas apparently introduced Robert to digital cameras and has been using them ever since.

"What an amazing world and legacy George Lucas has created — and it needs to continue in capable hands. I do think Disney is the best studio for the job and the fact that they brought in Kathleen Kennedy? I can’t imagine a better scenario. And 2015 can’t get here fast enough." 

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