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Robert Rodriguez is not happy about Sony's decision to move forward with an El Mariachi television series

Aug. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Robert Rodriguez is not a big fan of the studio system. After having difficulties with the Directors Guild of America over Frank Miller co-directing SIN CITY, Rodriguez resigned from the DGA which cost him studio work on JOHN CARTER and other projects. Since then, Rodriguez has remained prolific as he writes, directs, edits, scores, and even more at his own Troublemaker Studios in Texas. With that in mind, his lack of work with the studio system may be part of the latest issue he is encountering with Sony.

Deadline reports that Sony is moving forward with a Spanish-language television series based on the EL MARIACHI trilogy which includes DESPERADO and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO. Sony intends for at least 70 episodes of the series. Rodriguez claims they reached out to him once and never again before moving forward with the project. An insider from Rodriguez's team gave the following statement to Deadline.

Not only does Robert not have any involvement in this show, he wasnt even given a heads upon Sonys press release. In it we noticed that Sony mentioned something about staying true to the original story. Good luck with that without involving the creator! Not that it matters as the budget thats allocated for the television production will make Roberts original budget of $7,000 for EL MARIACHI look like AVATAR. This TV series is a sloppy and lazy replica for the tourist trade, without any of the heart and soul that made the original EL MARIACHI win the Sundance Audience Award and become a landmark in independent cinema.

Columbia Pictures, owned by Sony, purchased the rights to Robert Rodriguez's $7000 EL MARIACHI and gave it a theatrical release in the United States. It went on to launch Rodriguez's North American career which has spawned numerous films. Love him or hate him, Robert Rodriguez is a true independent filmmaker and a jack of all trades. I am a huge fan of DESPERADO, FOUR ROOMS, THE FACULTY, SIN CITY, and PLANET TERROR. While I understand the legal rights that Sony has to pursue this project, it does feel in poor taste to not have Rodriguez's blessing.

What say you? Are you okay with an EL MARIACHI series without Robert Rodriguez?

Source: Deadline

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9:11AM on 08/26/2013
well, it's in spanish. soooo, i'll be watching it on mute, and doing my own voice over work, mystery science theatre style. three words though: HOTT SPANISH LADIES.
well, it's in spanish. soooo, i'll be watching it on mute, and doing my own voice over work, mystery science theatre style. three words though: HOTT SPANISH LADIES.
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4:50AM on 08/25/2013
Kind of the way of things - many creative types lose control of their earlier works because of the deals they need to make at the time (musicians having no control over their own early back catalogue being fairly common). It's precisely this sort of thing that encourages some artists, like Rodriguez, to find a way to work outside the studio system. He's done a great job of marking out his independence (as far as is practical) in the movie industry. I'd imagine it was experiences like this that
Kind of the way of things - many creative types lose control of their earlier works because of the deals they need to make at the time (musicians having no control over their own early back catalogue being fairly common). It's precisely this sort of thing that encourages some artists, like Rodriguez, to find a way to work outside the studio system. He's done a great job of marking out his independence (as far as is practical) in the movie industry. I'd imagine it was experiences like this that pushed him in that direction.
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11:22AM on 08/24/2013

let me get this straight

he sells the rights, takes the money and lives the life. then, years later when the people that gave him the money want to develop the IP they bought, he pisses all over them and goes negative about the project. what a great guy.
he sells the rights, takes the money and lives the life. then, years later when the people that gave him the money want to develop the IP they bought, he pisses all over them and goes negative about the project. what a great guy.
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5:06AM on 08/24/2013
I wasn't happy about Robert Rodriquez's decision to move forward with the shit-tastic 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico', so I guess this is what schadenfreude feels like.
I wasn't happy about Robert Rodriquez's decision to move forward with the shit-tastic 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico', so I guess this is what schadenfreude feels like.
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11:02PM on 08/23/2013
People have been saying "oh, the only movies that get made are reboots, sequels and remakes. TV is the way to go for original stories." Oh well.
People have been saying "oh, the only movies that get made are reboots, sequels and remakes. TV is the way to go for original stories." Oh well.
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6:39PM on 08/23/2013

I Love RR, but....

I wouldn't be okay with an El Mariachi series WITH Robert Rodriguez. Just leave it alone. I LOVE this man's work, especially this trilogy, and seeing it being adapted into a series is just disappointing to me. Especially some 70 episode bullshit. It should be a miniseries if anything. Just... no.
I wouldn't be okay with an El Mariachi series WITH Robert Rodriguez. Just leave it alone. I LOVE this man's work, especially this trilogy, and seeing it being adapted into a series is just disappointing to me. Especially some 70 episode bullshit. It should be a miniseries if anything. Just... no.
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4:13PM on 08/23/2013

Love Rodriguez

This show sounds like a horrible idea!
On a separate note, I have been thinking how great it would be to see Rodriguez write/director a more "mature" film like his BFF Q.T. Imagine an Inglorious Basterds or Django Unchained with Rodriguez' sensibilities and talents. I also would be interested in seeing him make a Mexican period piece like a biographical Benito Juarez film or something based on The Mexican Revolution. I love that he does what he wants and is an "outlaw" in the studio
This show sounds like a horrible idea!
On a separate note, I have been thinking how great it would be to see Rodriguez write/director a more "mature" film like his BFF Q.T. Imagine an Inglorious Basterds or Django Unchained with Rodriguez' sensibilities and talents. I also would be interested in seeing him make a Mexican period piece like a biographical Benito Juarez film or something based on The Mexican Revolution. I love that he does what he wants and is an "outlaw" in the studio system...I just feel like he could really flourish with something that has a bit more of a serious tone.

Back to this show it is a slap in the face to the creator and shows how dispensable studios feel all but maybe five directors are to them. I will not check this out and with it's minuscule budget and lack of Rodriguez' involvement will make this garbage!
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4:07PM on 08/23/2013

Well ... 70 is this like Anger Management?

Rodriguez is a very different director now, than with El Mariachi. I am betting they reached out about Executive Producing and maybe directing a pilot for his name to jump start a series. Too much money or too little studio control probably made Sony pass on. Truthfully, if they really want to do it, I would give it an FX vibe, but add in some spanish comedy, and then simulcast it in Spanish and English on two different channels.
Rodriguez is a very different director now, than with El Mariachi. I am betting they reached out about Executive Producing and maybe directing a pilot for his name to jump start a series. Too much money or too little studio control probably made Sony pass on. Truthfully, if they really want to do it, I would give it an FX vibe, but add in some spanish comedy, and then simulcast it in Spanish and English on two different channels.
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