Robert Rodriguez's Next Film Gets an Impressive Cast
by Alex Billington
May 31, 2008
With that headline I know a lot of you got excited at the prospect of finally hearing that the cast was official for Sin City 2. Alas, that's not the case. Robert Rodriguez is going back to his roots. No, not Mexico, but children's films. In case you need a refresher, Rodriguez directed Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2, and Spy Kids 3D all before Sin City. Now you know where he got all the money he needed to make Sin City. And it sounds like he's taking a similar path this time, since the studios aren't too excited about making Sin City 2 after Grindhouse flopped last year. Now we have an impressive cast officially lined up for Shorts, Rodriguez's new family comedy adventure.
Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and James Spader all star in Shorts. Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Leo Howard, Devon Gearhart, Rebel Rodriguez, Jake Short and Jolie Vanier are all also part of the impressive cast. Shorts is set in a suburb where all the houses look the same and everyone works for Black Box, manufacturer of the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget. Chaos follows when an 11-year-old boy is hit in the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Not only did Rodriguez write the script himself, but he will act as director, cinematographer, editor, and visual effect supervisor.
I think I'm more amazed that Rodriguez is pretty much making this film himself. Plus, the story above sounds like something Michel Gondry would direct, with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes being the central point of focus. Not only does this just sound radical, on the lines of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, but it's got quite an impressive cast. I'm guessing this isn't going to be the next best film that Rodriguez can add to his filmography, but I'm sure it'll make him the money he needs to make Machete or Sin City 2 or both. And we all know that's the real stuff that we love to see Rodriguez making!