Along with the much anticipated sequel to Sin City that’s currently in pre-production, writer/director Robert Rodriguez has somehow found space in his schedule for a futuristic sci-fi thriller called Nerverackers.

He will be working with long time collaborators Dimension, who’s past joint efforts include Planet Terror, Sin City and the Spy Kids franchise.

To say this genre is out of left field for the director is an understatement indeed, but it’s even more surprising to read just what he’s aiming for as far as plot goes:

Set in 2085, the story centers on a character named Joe Tezca who is part of an elite unit dispatched to quell a crime wave in a theoretically perfect future society.

Rodriguez’s resume has consisted of mainly horror (From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, The Faculty) and action films (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico). The only film(s) even remotely close to this upcoming Nerverackers is the Spy Kids series, but even then it’s stretching to link the two.

But I’ve been a fan of pretty much everything Rodriguez has done so far (well…. excluding the two Spy Kids sequels; why, Rodriguez, why?) and therefore am willing to give anything he makes a fair shot. Does jumping into a genre in what seems like a feet-first fashion sound a bit on the ambitious side? Sure it does, but I’m pretty sure if he’s willing to invest time, effort and without a doubt lots of money (which with the genre and plot outline it sounds like it’ll cost a fair bit to make) that he’s confident in his ability to make it work.

But what are your thoughts on this project? Think it sounds like a good idea and do you think Rodriguez will make a good job of it?

Nerverackers currently has a release date of April 16th 2010.

Source: Variety