Robert Rodriguez Talks Nerveracker Script, Cast, New Challenges

Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez is always a busy man. He started a TV network this year, El Rey, and directed several episodes of its launch series, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, based on his own movie. On Thursday night, the makeup effects artist for his show, Greg Nicotero, won the George Pal Memorial Awards at the Saturn Awards. Rodriguez and the cast of the show joined Nicotero to celebrate, and I got a chance to ask Rodriguez about his next movie, Nerveracker.

“I just turned in the script and we’re going, so that’s my next movie,” Rodriguez said. “It’s been off and on but I think I first told the Weinsteins the idea in ’99, ’98, a long time ago.”

Nerveracker is the one movie of Rodriguez’s we don’t know much about. Sin City comes from the Frank Miller stories, Machete is from his Grindhouse trailer and Spy Kids is pretty self expanatory. Nerveracker seems to be Rodriguez’s most secretive film.

“I never really gave anybody the script. It’s more secretive just because it’s an original. It’s not based on anything. It’s not really floating around and I really haven’t talked about the storyline, but I think inevitably as the process goes and trailers come out, people will start knowing what the story is. For now, I’ll keep it, not for any particular reason other than I want to save the tone of it for that, or I’ll never make it.”

Rodriguez frequently casts Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Salma Hayek and many more regulars. Could any of them have a role in Nerveracker?

“I definitely have some people that I’ve worked with before that I’ve written for. If they’re available, they would be in but I haven’t gone to the casting stage yet.”

By now, Rodriguez has two modes of filming. There’s the down and dirty El Mariachi style where he sneaks around locations and shoots as quickly as possible. Then there’s the total green screen movie. Nerveracker will utilize both.

“I think it’s going to be a mix. It’ll have to be a mix because I really want it to be kind of down and dirty sci-fi, futuristic movie but realistically some it will have to do in post.”

Rodriguez added that Machete Kills Again In Space is not out of the question. “We shot the last one in 28 days so it’s not that it would be a big time commitment. Danny [Trejo], I’m about to see him in a couple of weeks and we’re going to talk about it some more.”

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