Director Robert Rodriguez had made a name for himself in the film industry by being insanely creative and injecting all his projects with a sense of humor while staying true to whatever genre it’s in. From El Mariachi to Machete, he’s kept us laughing and cringing at the same time with a mixture of realistic gore and campy humor.
His artistic eye is what draws many movie lovers to his films, especially Sin City; Rodriguez was able to take a black-and-white comic book and bring it to full, breathing life while remaining pretty true to the original artwork. The enormous success of the film is spawning a sequel, which is the director’s current project, but after that, he says, he’ll be working on a live-action version of the ’80s animated feature Fire And Ice, created by Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi.
“I think the timing is going to work out just right and we’ll have a finished script in the next month or so. So that we can start lengthier pre-production and we can go right into pre-production – well, we’re actually in pre-production, sort of, or we’ve been doing a lot of the pre-visualization. But that would be the next thing after Sin City,” he says.
The goal is to use the same technology that was used for Sin City to make Fire And Ice look like a living, breathing painting.
“I want it to look like you just stepped into one of his paintings, where you get to see his world, and how he saw people, anatomy, and composition and color,” Rodriguez said. “It will feel like it’s real, but not real. It’ll be his reality. He saw things differently. He painted from his imagination. He didn’t take a photograph and just paint it.”
Judging from the colorful concept art he’s created for the film, it’s going to be pretty amazing, at least visually–although I have no doubts that one of my favorite directors will do a fantastic job with the story, as well.