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Robert Rodriguez set to make NERVERACKERS at long last!

Published at: Feb. 18, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... I know a lot of you have been screaming wanting another SIN CITY, but the news that finally hit today is frankly the best news you could hope for from Robert Rodriguez. Over 11 years ago, when Robert first swung by my house to pick me up to paint a model kit of KALI from GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD at his house - he put BLADE RUNNER on a screen and dialed all the color out and said, someday I want to make a badass science fiction film noir. He even had a name for the project, NERVERACKERS! That was all he had. But over time, the idea has continued to percolate, until just recently it finally started to turn into a full fledged movie. NERVERACKERS will be a hard core Science Fiction badass gritty flick. At least if it is anything like the tidbits here and there that Robert has been telling folks about over the past decade. Then, it looks like he'll make his JETSONS movie, which will most likely be the exact opposite of what he's doing with NERVERACKERS. Robert was shooting some tests for this film recently and was quite giddy about how it was coming together... last time we spoke. NERVERACKERS will be racking nerves April 16th, 2010!

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  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I still doubt

    by Quin the Eskimo

    that is all

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Barbarella

    by Quin the Eskimo

    I kinda likes the idea of Rose McGowan in that role.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Just like Danny Boyle....

    by Aloy

    I'll happily sit back and wait to see what fun he's going to make.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Predator

    by Bloo

    wasn't he supposed to be doing some remake/reboot/psedu sequel to Predator asw ell...or was he just producing that?<P>unrelated Blade runner in B/W would be nice, I should try that sometime

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, what happened to Barbarella

    by Lyghthouse

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:43 a.m. CST

    what's the what with Red Sonja.?

    by gecko1138

    we saw preprod art at comicon. and then nothing.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Danny Trejo as Mr. Spacely

    by filmcans

    YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    I was most looking forward to a Machete feature

    by Quin the Eskimo

    To many irons I suppose

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Well, he was rumored to direct Predator 3.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But that was back in the late 90's.<br> And yeah, any new Rodriguez is good news to me.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Also Madman - I think

    by Quin the Eskimo

    Maybe he should start thinking about producing some of these. I don't know.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    RobRod's Neverackers vs. Frank Millers Buck Rogers

    by robzass

    Yeah, one of these is gonna be awesome.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    A live action Jetsons?

    by jrb

    Hmm. Could be very cool. I just hope they don't do some stupid CGI version of a talking Astro the dog. Remember Garfield or any of those lame live action talking animal movies?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    I read a draft of the Jetsons

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Or some of it (I couldn't be bothered finishing it). Unsurprisingly, it was as formulaic as the Flinstones live action film. Quite unfunny too. Expect to see Steve Carell as George Jetson. Also, did someone say ethnic stereotype robots?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    He's hoping if its all washed out looking

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    you won't notice that Rose McGowan is playing all the parts

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST

    TroutMaskReplicant

    by DerLanghaarige

    But to be fair, they are developing The Jetsons since something like 10 years, so probably you read one of the 20 Million rejected scripts.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    I'll believe it when I see Movement

    by DOGSOUP

    Its just a fart until it solidifies into a turd

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Jeeze Rodriguez, one project at a time! Blue Baller!!

    by Mike_D

    We're still waiting on "Machete" and "Barbarella"!

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Fred + Durst = Furst

    by Mr.Twist

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST

    I initially read this as NEVERCRACKERS...

    by FilmCritic3000

    The tagline could be "Protect The Ritz."

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    I've been screaming for him NOT to do Sin City 2

    by Mr Gorilla

    I know it had loads of cool actors, and I know it looked great. But it had such a nasty, cold, empty heart.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    SIN FUCKING CITY 2

    by Broseph

    another harry name drop and story pssh typical

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    THEY'LL RACK YOUR NERVES!

    by I Hope You Die

    Is it supposed to be nervewrackers? Or is it so mind-blowing that it doesn't make any sense?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST

    The best news I could hope for?

    by Scapulawings

    Am I the only one who resents people telling me what exactly I should be hoping for? That's hardly the first time I've seen talk like that around here.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    uhhhh, ok...

    by Gungan Slayer

    Not really sure what to post

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST

    JETSONS?!!

    by Juror Number 8

    i'm very interested to see rodriguez's version of the jetsons. this is the first i'm hearing about it. im guessing its going to be live action, but it could be CG. anyone have any details?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    The name...

    by keter

    Screams mispronunciation...'NERVERACKERS?' I find myself wanting to pronounce it 'Never Acres'...'Nerve Racers'...'Nerver-ackers'...etc. Shouldn't it be spelled 'NerveWrackers,' as in nerve wracking? Or is the story about a futuristic retail outlet that has racks and racks of nerves on display? I'm getting visions of the fields where they grew humans in 'The Matrix.'

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    wasn't he gonna do Red Sonja?

    by Righteous Brother

    whats happening with that H?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    That's like 12 years ago,

    by the new transported man

    when Anthony Minghella came over to pick me up, take me back to his house, & make custom G.I. Joe's all afternoon. He was so stoked about Talented Mr. Ripley. He even made a custom Dickie Greenleaf from parts of Chuckles, Blowtorch, & Keel-Haul.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    new transported man

    by Flyingcircus

    You just made me pee a little bit.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    what's up with the title? It's lame.

    by BigDude

    I guess if you're doing a "hardcore gritty badass super dooper ultra cool awesome" noir film like BLADE RUNNER with the colors dialed out, you should give it a title that evokes that feeling instead of a saturday morning cartoon.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    is it about

    by Potatino

    breasts on the end of nerves??

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Bender Bending

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrodrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriguez.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I'll Believe it When I See it

    by Prof_Ender

    Rodriguez is notorious for announcing several projects at a time and then whittle them down; claiming he'd rather work on a lot of things at once than one thing at a time...or some such bullshit. Fuck, I'm still waiting for MACHETE.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Did his 6 year old son write the screenplay again?

    by ricarleite

    Or is he the DP now?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    In a year???

    by BeyondStatic

    Badass Sci-Fi Film Noir? Sounds awesome! Can't wait! But... fully produced in just a year? Way to challenge yourself Robert Rodriduez! If anyone can do it and make it hot, it's you! Best wishes for a smooth production!

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I thought is was spelled "Nervewrackers"

    by sapno_krei

    Or is the misspelling on purpose? I'm too lazy to go look it up.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Harry, you ignorant slut...

    by benlinus

    Did he really pick you up? Over 11 years ago?? So you 2 could go to his house and paint model toys? Really....so, this guy, who had Four Rooms, Dusk/Dawn and the Faculty in the can, had NOTHING better to do than to pick you up so the 2 of you could paint toys? riiiiiighhhttttt....what car was he driving? was it wheelchair accessable?? Im calling shenanigans on this one Harry..Oh yeah, and for the 400th time Harry, NO ONE, as evidenced by all the angry talkback in every article you write, wants to hear about your sexual exploits, who you hang with, what your childhood was like, we just DONT fucking care, seriously. WE DONT CARE! Its lame and unprofessional. You dont see Herc or Quint doing this, hence they dont get ragged on like you do. Just STOP already Harry, its seriously starting to become lame and predictable...Save it for Twitter or Myspace.....

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    YES!! Another addition to my boycott list.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Fuck you Rodriguez. You can't write or direct for shit.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    *sigh* no Sin City 2?

    by raw_bean

    I really want Rodriguez to save Frank Miller from himself and get Sin City 2 made. I want to remember what it felt like again to see Frank Miller at the top of his game.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    benlinus:

    by raw_bean

    Your contradictory post ("I don't believe Harry knows Rodriguez personally!...I don't want to read about Harry's personal life!") just smacks of jealousy, man. As I recall, Rodriguez and Harry have been friends for years and live pretty close to each other.[p]Also, you *do* see Quint (he was just talking about his first girlfriend in an article I read today) and even sometimes Herc (witness him talking about his friendship with the writer Jane Espenson of Buffy and Battlestar Galactica, and his discussions with her during the WGA strike that he posted bits of) do this. Just as Moriarty always used to talk about his family and professional life. That's what this site is and always has been, so if you don't like it go elsewhere.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Corrected paragraph break:

    by raw_bean

    Your contradictory post ("I don't believe Harry knows Rodriguez personally!...I don't want to read about Harry's personal life!") just smacks of jealousy, man. As I recall, Rodriguez and Harry have been friends for years and live pretty close to each other.<p>Also, you *do* see Quint (he was just talking about his first girlfriend in an article I read today) and even sometimes Herc (witness him talking about his friendship with the writer Jane Espenson of Buffy and Battlestar Galactica, and his discussions with her during the WGA strike that he posted bits of) do this. Just as Moriarty always used to talk about his family and professional life. That's what this site is and always has been, so if you don't like it go elsewhere.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by D.Vader

    Rodriguez has disappointed me lately, as a filmmaker and especially as a person.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    did I miss Machete's release?

    by Spandau Belly

    Or did that not happen either? Rob Rod is turning into the new Quentin Tarantino in terms of ratio of talk to action.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    And he was NOT DIRECTING Red Sonja!

    by DerLanghaarige

    He is just producing it. Last thing I've heard was that the director was Douglas Aarniokoski, who made Highlander 4, but also was 2nd Unit director or first assistand director or something like that on lots of Rob Rods movies.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Fucking can't wait!

    by HoboCode

    Drooooool...

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I love Robert Rodriguez... but...

    by Frank Black

    His movies start to feel like a 12 year old boy given a Hollywood movie deal (gets to work with cool special effects, afraid of boobies, and can't make an adult story with real characters...) I feel like he should make a movie with no effects or green screen just to re-calibrate himself (remind me there is a guy with heart like the one that made El Mariachi...) Sure I enjoyed Sin City but agree with the people who say it feels flat on repeated viewings, and empty... I hope he is able to prove he is more than the guy who can do EVERYTHING on a movie set, but deliver an emotional film that will be remembered...

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie IS George Jetson

    by terry1978

    Just like Diane Lane IS Jane. Rodriguez has been attached for a minute, and it looks like a fun project. Though regarding Astro, he HAS to be CG, as he's basically a carbon copy of Scooby anyways. Rosie could be animatronic, however.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Come on...

    by roninredshade

    We all know he's been DOING Red Sonja for some time now. Hah. What a very Hollywood thing to do Rob. (You let me down in this regard as well.) Plus, "Machete" will never live up to its faux trailer. As for "Nerverackers", I'm in the wait and see camp about this one.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Barbarella died...

    by Freakemovie

    ...after the studio didn't want to invest a huge budget into a movie headlining Rose McGowan. Plus, didn't Rodriguez and McGowan break up after she homewrecked him?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    i was more interested

    by Murkish

    when i thought the title was Nevercrackers

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Aw shucks, I wanted Machete. Still, it sounds cool.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Hugh Lauries IS way to good for that crap!

    by blackmantis

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    What's with Women in Chains?

    by ev1ldead

    Hurry or The L-Word Spin Off will kill it.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    RobRod has slipped lately...

    by El Gooche

    but I will always support him and his films. He has so much fun making movies that he encourages people to pick up a camera and follow their dreams. [p] Why all the Rose McGowen hate? She's gorgeous to look at and WAY hotter than all these fake blonde cookie cut-out sluts that Hollywood shoves down our throats.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    WHO GIVES A CRAP?

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    We wnat Sin City 2 goddamnit!

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    blackmantis....Stuart Little

    by terry1978

    Yeah, House and his little pieces of work across the pond seem to give the impression that he's above and beyond, but I highly doubt he's the type to just reject without even listening to a premise.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Hey, benlinus

    by Sonny_Williams

    When you have your own website, run it as you wish. But this is HARRY'S site, and if you don't like it, for God's sake go over to EW.com or whatever suits your sensibilities. Because WE DON'T CARE what you think, not a soul here will miss you. Buhbye, wad!

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for Roadracers DVD

    by Buck Swoop

    with a John Hawkes, Salma Hayek and David Arquette commentary. Make it happen Robert.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    the title

    by dahveed1972

    start with a new title IMO

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller is NOT a movie director

    by dahveed1972

    And his comic books have gotten less and less interesting of late. Barbarella would've been fun i think. Any word on that?

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Yeah Right Chunk...

    by purplemonkeydw

    Just like he was going to remake Barbarella, just like he was going to make The Jetsons, just like he was going to make Sin City 2...now do the truffle shuffle. DO IT!!!!1one

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    The Premise Of A Crime Free Society Gone Suddenly Bad

    by Media Messiah

    Sounds like Sly Stallone's Demolition Man??? And I'm not too happy about the title either. I don't mind a Blade Runner type movie, I just hope that it is Blade Runner with amped up action...and a fast moving film. The original Blade Runner looked great, but it was slow and downright boring with no one to care about or root for???

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I dont know about you

    by lucky slevin

    but im having a ball

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    ROBERT GETS THE PUSSY AND MOVIE MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Illuminate

    Robert Rodriguez is the man!!!! He cast McGowan in Grind House and he got her to suck his dick and swallow his cum in between scenes. Hell, she probably sucked his dicked at the Audition. I heard she is nice actor and Robert is a great Director so that is how to make a movie. Bull horn in one hand and the other hand on top of the actresses head to help her out with the rhythm while she is slobbering and sucking your dick. It takes talent to multitask. : )

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    FUCKING WILD

    by Illuminate

    All the best Directors just don't give a shit. I heard that Robert and Quentin smoked weed at the wrap party for Grind House. The rules are different for movies and they have been like that for decades.

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Illuminate: Smoking Weed???

    by Media Messiah

    The reason why Grindhouse sucks!!! If they were were smoking weed at the premiere, you can bet they were smoking weed, and I'm sure they were smoking other things too, while they were making the damn movie.

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Has he gone to visit the island he'd sent Allred and Huang to...

    by LHombreSiniestro

    to toil with the "Madman" script? I havent heard ANY news on that project lately, is that still happening!??! HARRY, LEMME KNOW!!!!

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Miller and RR - a brotherly bond

    by Star Hump

    Evidently NOT. Moving on, thank fucking Christ. And no one needs Sin City 2. Between Snyder's shit-fried 300 and the first SC movie, followed by The Spirit, and All-Star Batman in the comics, it's Miller time, as in time for Mr. Miller to take a fucking vacation and drink domestic beer away from society. Maybe later "FM", like 2012. Enough already. Still, Jetsons = Speed Racer. Razzle dazzle Junk.

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Harry is quite the name dropper

    by kenjinattix

    To believe him...99 percent of all great films were conceived somewhere in his presence. Sheesh!

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Johnyaztec: That Is The Greatest Critique That...

    by Media Messiah

    ...I have ever heard!!!<BR><BR>Robert Rodriguez is clearly a great technician--but a director and writer, no!!!! In the realm of the latter, he is an over hyped hack...no better than Uwe Boil...just with bigger budgets, and wider distribution. I marvel at Rodriguez's amazing technical abilities...and the production infrastructure of his film company..."What I could do with those toys???", but Rodriguez is a victim of his own self generated press. He doesn't see film as art, it is just an excuse for another big paycheck...and to buy women.

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    oh no! they smoke pot!

    by seniorspeilbergio

    While i definately agree, Rodriguez is just another technically gifted hack, pot's not what caused that. You know who else burns? My american equivelant: Mr. Steven Speilberg. Also, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt... hell, almost everyone in this buissiness smokes weed. It's when you do the other drugs is when problems REALLY arrise, like Tarrantino; who I heard was coked up throughout the Grindhouse shoot. He was also his own DP on that one and I heard he didn't even know what the different lights are called so instead of asking for a 2K to light for fill he would ask for a "really big light right here". And the gaffer would look at this coked up guy and wonder "what the fuck are you talking about man?"

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Seniorspeilbergio: Spielberg Has Losts It!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Spielberg has lost it, and Ron Howard never had it!!! As for Ford and Spielberg, along with cohort George Lucas, they came up with Indy 4 and "Nuked the Fridge." I Rest my case.<BR><BR>Now, although Spielberg is a fast director, and technically brilliant, he's run out of ideas. His last good film was Terminal, and before that, E.T.<BR><BR>Ron Howard is technically gifted too, and although he is not a hack, his movies always seem to be missing something???<BR><BR>And yes, I have heard about Tarantino doing a lot more than weed, and with him and Rodriguez being best friends, as they say, "Birds of a feather". You can bet they were both on the heavy stuff, and that is destroying them creatively. It is a shame, but no one is bothering to stand-up to them, including those who are backing their movies, to say...enough, is enough!!!

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Media Messiah

    by seniorspeilbergio

    I don't think you understand what I'm saying man. These guys have ALWAYS SMOKED WEED. Close Encounters, E.T. Think about it. On The Terminal, Speilberg had a PA that did nothing but hold Speilbergs weed for him until he asked for it. It was in a little metal lockbox with a keypad on it and only Speilberg and the PA knew the combonation and afterward, he'd lite up a cigar to mask the odor. And again, EVERYONE in this buissiness smokes weed. Lucas suppossedly quit though, sometime before the prequels. The OT Trilogy though? Yeah, he burned.

  • Feb. 19, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    oh yeah...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    and I don't think it would make a difference if anyone told them to stop doing these things. They don't listen to anyone but themselves which is always a good way to fuck up a career and trust me, you don't need drugs to do that.

  • Feb. 20, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Seniorspeilbergio: Spielberg and Lucas

    by Media Messiah

    I knew about Spielberg doing weed pre-Close Encounters when he use to hang-out in Malibu with other directors and Margot Kidder and her roommate (an heiress), in what some would say was a drug/whore (beach) house, but I assumed he had stopped about the time he began having symptoms of serious heart problems...about the same time it happened to Lucas also, that was during the shooting of Jaws and Star Wars. Spielberg was freaked-out and thought about quiting directing, and Lucas refused to direct anymore, until the prequels. Who knows, maybe it was all drug related in the first place? The two of them however, always claimed it was from stress due to making their films.<BR><BR>I know 60s rock stars have always said that using LSD gave them a temporary boost of genius, from 1 to 5 years, after that, they burned-out, and were never quite as good, ever again, this would include the Beatles. Could this have happened to Spielberg and Lucas...doing something harder than weed(?), perhaps, LSD(?)--who knows, but it certainly sounds like it. The first 5 years of their careers were genius, and then...it was all down hill from there, just like it is with those who are said to use LSD???

  • Feb. 20, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    A suggestion: change the title

    by Drunken Rage

    Whether it'll be a good movie or not, I don't know, I may see it, but damn, that's a stupid title.