Robert Rodriguez Update: Sin City 2, Machete & More

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Collider recently spoke with director Robert Rodriguez, as well as his regular cast member Danny Trejo, on the set of Predators, where they were asked about the different projects Rodriguez has in the pipeline. The main ones talked about were the two of most interest to fans right now - Sin City 2 and Machete. But if you're interested, there's also some stuff in there about another Spy Kids movie.

With the amount of vagueness ("It's happening... maybe... at some point!") surrounding the much-anticipated Sin City 2, it's almost gotten to the point where no matter what Rodriguez or anyone else says, it's hard to believe it's ever going to happen. Despite that, earlier this year we reported that Sin City 2 was moving forward, with Rodriguez apparently having spoke with "key players" involved. We even got a "semi-confirmation" from exec producer, Stephen L'Heureux, that the project would go into production in the second half of 2010.

Now that appears to (vaguely) still be the case, as Rodriguez told Collider they're still talking about doing Sin City 2 as early as next year, but he said he's not "gotten into that yet." It's still on Rodriguez's radar, but things certainly don't sound as concrete as a confirmation of filming we got wind of some months ago:

"I can’t say no because I don’t know its no. I know Frank (Miller) wants to do it I know I wanna do it and its always sort of time permitting kind of thing but its not like I can tell you definitely we’re starting... its not my next picture... I know that. Doesn’t mean that its not the picture right after because that’s still a possibility."

He revealed that there's actually been a script for Sin City 2 written since 2007 (obviously an early draft), one that would maybe need some things revised now that it's two years later, but that they wouldn't be that drastic or hard to do:

"Well it’s the one that Frank wrote and we have to look at it now and go is this really the one... I think its built up so much, like are we really going to satisfy everybody with what we have, should we add to it. It’s the thing we’ve always talked about but now two years later going on three we’d probably make some adjustments but nothing that would take a long time. It’s just a matter of... once we start... we can go into production... we can already start and in pre production for this up to anything we wanted to."

Lastly on the Sin City 2 front, Rodriguez said that the script already written has some original stuff in it (read: not in Frank Miller's original graphic novels), basically to, "catch yourself up with some character." I'm guessing he means going from Sin City in 2005 to Sin City 2 at least 5 years later, there would maybe be some "filler" needed that the graphic novels didn't have, to make it work for the sequel (read: things that work on the printed page may not translate that well to the big-screen).

I'm hopeful that Rodriguez will make Sin City 2 a priority over other projects, as I think it's safe to say it's the project most people want to see get made out of all those that the director has on his slate. Like I said, it seems like it's a project that will forever remain "pending," but we can always hope it gets fast-tracked.

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