I don’t know if this was posted yet- seb, if it was, just link me up- but I thought everyone here might like to read this interview in which Robert Rodriquez talks about collaborating with QT on GRINDHOUSE:
from IGN FilmForce (http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/641/641162p1.html):
Rodriguez Talks Grind House
Filmmaker discusses Tarantino collaboration.
by IGN FilmForce
August 10, 2005 - During the recent press day for the DVD release of Sin City, Robert Rodriguez mentioned an upcoming project that he’s working on with Quentin Tarantino, called Grind House. The project, which was announced last month, will feature two truncated films connected by a series of movie trailers that Rodriguez says will be for “movies that don’t exist.” Here’s what the filmmaker told us about Grind HouseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
IGN FILMFORCE: Will your future projects, like the Sin City sequels, feature the same green screen production style?
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: Uh, probably. It depends; there might be a couple of sets. We did the bar set, and some other stuff in the bar, but you couldn’t get the same look, so yeah. The look will be so stylized, even more probably, in the second one, that we would have to shoot it green screen.
IGN FILMFORCE: How are you adapting that technical approach to new or different projects?
Rodriguez: I’m doing an exploitation movie with Quentin, a double feature called Grind House, and there will be a lot of location stuff on that, but we will shoot it really fast because it’s supposed to be like an old '70s drive-in-type movie. We would have to shoot it quick.
IGN FILMFORCE: When will that go into production?
RODRIGUEZ: As soon as we finish the script. I’m at his house right now writing, so we’re writing our scripts, so probably in the fall.
IGN FILMFORCE: Do you have any casting ideas?
RODRIGUEZ: Nah. We threw a few ideas out, but nothing yet. It’s really great. They are two different movies. I mean, he reads me stuffÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ he reads and acts out his stuff and reads the stuff that I do. We’re just doing our own thing, but I’ve got probably the best character I’ve ever come up with in mind, so I’m excited (laughs). They’re separate movies, but it’s like you’re seeing a double feature. I’m going to D.P. his movie.
IGN FILMFORCE: Is it easier for you to work at this accelerated pace since you are outside of Hollywood?
RODRIGUEZ: Well, that one was one I was thinking of doing before Sin City; I had an idea to do a double feature. I had an old double feature poster that had two movie posters on the same poster, saying ‘Two Hot Rod Flicks Together,’ Drag Strip Girl and Rock All Night or something like that, and I thought I should do something like that; they are truncated features, like each one is an hour. I forgot about it and went to show [Tarantino] his Sin City scene, and he had the same poster on his floor (laughs). I said, ‘Hey! I was thinking about doing a double feature - you should do one and I’ll do the other one.’ He was like, ‘Oh, f*** yeah, we’ll call it Grind House and we’ll do fake trailers in between for movies that don’t exist.’ So we’re just having so much fun. It will be [released through] the new Weinstein company.
IGN FILMFORCE: What’s the basic plot of your half?
RODRIGUEZ: I can’t say, but it’s just got some really cool stuff - I’m so excited to do this!
IGN FILMFORCE: Where do you and Tarantino meet creatively, and where do you part ways?
RODRIGUEZ: I think we just have an enthusiasm for the material, and we’ve got our own approach to it, but we borrow from each other all of the time. He likes to learn from me and the things that I’m doing and vice versa. I think we’re willing to try anything at this point. We had dinner with Tony Scott last night and he was talking about that same thing; he was trying to pull out of us how we make these movies (laughs). We’re trying to figure out how he makes his, and he’s trying to figure out how we make ours. ‘I don’t understand how you do it on green screen and all of this other stuff - I want to get into some of that.’
(Rodriguez is briefly interrupted by a call from Greg Nicotero of KNB Effects.)
IGN FILMFORCE: Are you and Greg planning on working together?
RODRIGUEZ: He’s probably wondering what we’re doing on Grind House. There’s a lot of work to do, but we don’t know what it is yet.
IGN FILMFORCE: Does Tarantino have a cameo in Grind House?
RODRIGUEZ: He said if I have a part for him he’d love to do it. He’d love to work with people like he did on From Dusk 'Til Dawn, something just different than what he normally does. [But] I’m finishing writing the script first and then I’ll say, ‘See if any of these guys are for you.’ I wrote the Danny Trejo part in Mexico for him to play - that’s why I came up with the line ‘Are you a Mexi-can or a Mexi-can’t?’ So that he could say ‘I’m a Mexi-can.’ But he couldn’t do it. He was doing Kill Bill, so Danny did it. But originally that was for Quentin; he was going to have a fu Manchu [moustache] and everything. It’s fun.
IGN FILMFORCE: What about the El Mariachi franchise - do you have any future plans for that?
RODRIGUEZ: I thought about doing a PSP game that would follow [Johnny Depp’s character]. That would be cool, a Once Upon a Time in Mexico video game for the PSP - The Man With No Eyes. He would be a blind gunfighter.
IGN FILMFORCE: Do you have any interest in following Tarantino’s lead and directing any television?
RODRIGUEZ: Well, I might direct an episode of the George Lopez Show for George, just because it sounds like fun.
IGN FILMFORCE: Would you try to stay true to the format of the show, or would you put your own spin on it?
RODRIGUEZ: You would know I was there (laughs).