One of essentially the most pleasant pivots in filmmaking historical past is Robert Rodriguez‘s early turn from action flicks like Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn into CGI-heavy children’s motion pictures, first with Spy Kids after which the superhero movie The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl. Those kid-friendly adventures are so loved, it seems, that Netflix introduced on Rodriguez to direct We Can Be Heroes, a superhero film starring Pedro Pascal and Priyanka Chopra that the filmmaker tells us is “like an Avengers team but they all have kids.”
When we sat down with Rodriguez—at the side of Colin Trevorrow and Joseph Kosinski—for our ComicCon@Home “Directors on Directing” panel, the filmmaker shared a ton of latest We Can Be Heroes main points, together with how Netflix in particular requested for one thing like Spy Kids on account of how neatly the ones movies do at the streaming platform.
“My maximum rabid fanbase a lot of these years, via a long way, has been my child movies. My Spy Kids target audience. These children watch the ones motion pictures over and over again as a result of they’re motion movies made for kids and households, specifically at a time when they want empowerment. Netflix got here to me for the reason that Spy Kids motion pictures had executed in order that neatly on their carrier. They mentioned ‘could you make a series of films that do that?’ And I mentioned, “I’d like to! It used to be onerous to cause them to for the theater as a result of children couldn’t force themselves to the theater and watch it one thousand occasions. Parents must take them. With Netflix, they may be able to simply sit down there and [mimicks hitting a play button]. I don’t have to sit down there and watch Glitter Force with my daughter, she will be able to simply click on it as repeatedly as she needs. That’s why they get such prime numbers on the ones sorts of movies.
A couple of months in the past, Rodriguez let slip that We Can Be Heroes will see the go back of an grownup Lavagirl and Sharkboy, the characters initially performed via Taylor Dooley and Taylor Lautner. He introduced us a couple of extra main points, noting “Sharkboy and Lava Girl show up as superhero parents who now have a daughter who has shark and lava powers.” (The director later clarified, “The only speaking role is for Lavagirl.”)
Rodriguez instructed us concerning the distinctive demanding situations dealing with the manufacturing on We Can Be Heroes, together with, uh, the pandemic that’s forcing him to attain the movie remotely. But then there’s additionally the problem that incorporates casting a movie with a handful of superpowered pre-teens.
“My kids are at the age when they can make films alongside me. So we came up with the idea of…like an Avengers team but they all have kids. The kids have powers but they don’t know how to use them because they’re just so young. It was the most challenging movie I’d ever done because, any director knows, the most challenging scene is like a dinner scene where you got a lot of people. The whole movie I got eleven superhero kids in every shot. Trying to figure out how to film that was incredible. It’s really challenging and exciting and I already shot it and was editing it when this happened. I’m scoring it…we’re scoring it in Vienna, remotely, listening over here in the other room. I can’t be in the orchestra room as usual. They’re all sitting six feet apart in Vienna, it’s a wild time.”
Check out precisely what Rodriguez needed to say within the video above, and be at the look-out for extra cool stuff out of our Comic-Con panels. For extra on We Can Be Heroes, right here’s the total solid record.
Finally, you’ll be able to watch our ‘Directors on Directing’ Comic-Con Panel with Robert Rodriguez, Colin Trevorrow, and Joseph Kosinski via clicking right here.