Comic-Con: Robert Rodriguez updates status of “Heavy Metal,” “Sin City 2,” “Machete” sequels, and “Fire & Ice”

Comic-Con: Robert Rodriguez updates status of “Heavy Metal,” “Sin City 2,” “Machete” sequels, and “Fire & Ice” (photo)

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Celebrated filmmaker Robert Rodriguez held court at Comic-Con yesterday, and he came prepared with updates on many of the projects his fans are salivating to know more about, and brought a few surprises along, too.

First and foremost among his announcements was the news that he’s picked up the rights to “Heavy Metal,” the long-rumored remake of the 1981 adult-oriented animated feature (which was in turn based on the illustrated Heavy Metal anthology magazine). For the last few years, “Fight Club” filmmaker David Fincher has owned the rights to the project, and thrown around various concepts of what he had planned for it.

According to Slashfilm’s report on the panel, Rodriguez’ version of “Heavy Metal” will also be an anthology, with a narrative that book-ends the different segments within the feature. Rodriguez didn’t drop the names of anyone involved at this point, but he did reveal plans for a contest that would ask people to submit ideas for characters, worlds, and stories to be featured in a fan-generated segment.

The filmmaker also confirmed plans for a sequel to “Machete” titled “Machete Kills,” as well as a potential third movie, “Machete Kills Again.” He also joked that that the third film might be set in space — though no one seems to be certain whether that was actually a joke.

According to Rodriguez, high DVD sales of “Machete” made the sequels possible.

He also brought up the long-gestating sequel to “Sin City,” currently titled “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For,” and indicated that “if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen this year.” Rodriguez said he planned to shoot the film in 3-D if does end up happening.

“Sin City” creator Frank Miller has reportedly written the script, which will feature three stories — one from Miller’s original comic and two new stories (with various sites reporting that the name of one of the new stories is “The Long Bad Night”). At this point, it’s probably best not to get your hopes up for “Sin City 2,” but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Finally, Rodriguez revealed plans for a new film based on recently deceased artist Frank Franzetta’s iconic painting “Fire & Ice.” The painting was made into an animated film by Ralph Bakshi in 1983, and Rodriguez indicated that the project is part of a bigger effort to raise awareness of Frazetta’s legacy.

Which Rodriguez project (if any) are you most interested in? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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