Robert Rodriguez discusses ‘We Could Be Heroes,’ More ‘Alita’ and Pedro Pascal’s Complaint

For filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, joining forces with Netflix for a family action film We can be heroes he wasn’t smart at all.

“Netflix came to me,” he recalled. “It simply came to our notice then Spy Kids and my family movies have always done well in their service and I would love to have a family movie in live action from me because no one actually makes them. When you make them for theatrical performances, parents could take the kids to see it once or twice, the kids want to watch it more, but she would watch it indefinitely on video. It didn’t help our box office, so it didn’t make much financial sense to make them a theatrical experience. For me, Netflix made a lot of sense because if my daughter wants to watch Glitter Force, I don’t have to sit there and watch it. She can watch it as many times as she wants. He keeps clicking on that button. That’s why I thought my family movies should go there. “


However, Rodriguez must give creative recognition.

“I came up with a story on the spot, in the room,” he laughed. “I just thought superheroes were great now, they were what they were westerns or Star Wars they were where you could put these great life lessons for kids and families in an exciting container. You don’t feel like you’re going to school, but you learn about the needs and adversities of the world as it is and the fears and challenges that children will inherit. Children have powers, some of them superior, but they still don’t know how to use them. Adults have screwed up the world and we need this new generation to come in and save us, but in partnership with their parents, superheroes from all over the world, to settle accounts with each other and work together to do so. “

“I would actually come up with something like 16 super kids, but I realized it was too much. I had to pull some of my favorites and make only 11, which is a lot more I have to have and see in every scene. Even The Avengers the film never had so many of them all together for the whole film. They are always divided into groups. “

Rodriguez achieves considerable success in the family film market with such hits with the trio Spy Kids films that grossed $ 147.9 million, $ 119.7 million and $ 197 million, respectively. However, it is another of his family films, Shark and Lavagirl Adventures in 3-D, which serves as a ski jump for We could be heroes, even if it was not the original plan.

“People are confused because there are characters from Sharkboy and Lavagirl We could be heroes and you think it’s a sequel The Adventures of a Shark and Lavagirlbut it’s not, “Rodriguez explained.” In the original film, these characters are actually from a dream world, not the real world, but I made them real just to legitimize this for the adult team. Now people might say, ‘Oh, there are two characters I’ve heard about before. ‘ Also, selfishly, I’ve always loved the powers of sharks and the powers of lava, and I wanted one of the kids to have at least one of those powers, if not both. ”

“Borrowing those characters from another studio, the way Marvel borrows Spider-Man from Sony, I thought it would be a great way to put that together. Originally, they were not in the script at all. It was a brand new franchise not built on anything old, a Netflix original film that could be a potential series of films like Spy Kids. This is how this was originally created. The Spy Kids don’t become spy kids until the last scene in the movie. That is why you are able to continue that series. This one, they don’t become a legitimate superhero team with uniforms until the last scene in the film, so they can continue if it works. If audiences come to the film in numbers that Netflix thinks they will, then we’d love to earn more. “

In addition to spawning a potential new franchise for Rodriguez, he also offered him another opportunity he couldn’t pass on, reuniting with MandalorianPedro Pascal.

“There’s something in him, his personality, he grew up in San Antonio, where I grew up, and we got along really well right away,” the filmmaker said enthusiastically. “He’s like the Harrison Ford guy. It has its own quality for everyone. It’s very cool, grounded, has a lot of range, so you can do a lot with it, and it’s really cute and it expands to the screen. Any character he plays will bring a natural charisma and down-to-earth feeling to him, so even though Pedro has no children, you feel warm towards him like a father and feel bad for him when he is a superhero. It reminds me of when I worked with George Clooney, who played as a pediatrician ERand then I made it like a stone cold killer From dusk to dawn. It made people realize that he can play any role between them, because when you can show such a range and still keep your charm, it makes you a real superstar. “


We could be heroes also saw another gathering for Rodriquez. It was with the effects team behind the director’s second film, Alita: Battle Angel.

“When I did Spy Kids i The Adventures of Shark and Lavagirl in 3-D, we only dealt with two or maybe three children at a time, ”he thought. “Here, facing so many children who have unique power, who all have to have stories that pay off, visuals that pay off, I had a great company for visual effects. When WETA, who I worked for Alita with, jumped in and said they would love to continue working with me, even though this was a much smaller budget than we had AlitaI don’t know how much time has passed, how good they have been. They just did such a great job. I did not expect such a level of effect. ”

“I usually don’t have that level of effect in my family movies, because my budgets are usually much lower. They presented such a huge film. In many ways, I still shot it very dirty and dirty, just like I did many other movies. I did it with the same green screen as before Sky Kidsi Sharkboy and Lavagirl; only the artists behind CGI are terribly upgraded. “


With fans Alita: Battle Angel still wishing for some sort of sequel and with Netflix experience We could be heroes and Disney + on Mandalorian, can streaming be the savior of that potential franchise as a movie or series?

“I think anything is possible. Disney bought Fox, and they have Disney +, so it’s worth talking about. I know other people would love to see another, and I would love to make another one. As for where it will go or how it will be made, I think streaming has opened up many possibilities like the sequel. It’s already a pre-sold concept, it already has a built-in audience that wants to see it, and then it’s delivered to them in a way that’s easiest for them to consume. So that’s not a bad idea. ”

With more than Mandalorian, a possible new franchise in We could be heroes, and the potential for the future for Alita: Battle Angel, Rodriguez ends 2020 and moves towards 2021, with a full number of chances. Not only that, but 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of another of his popular, but largely non-family films, From dusk to dawn.


“I actually finished the color correction for the 4K version. It looks beautiful. It was great to see. I can’t wait for it to come out to celebrate the anniversary, “Rodriguez confirmed. “It seems to me that it was before my whole life, but it seems to me that it was not many years ago if it makes sense. I felt like I had three or four lives in this life, but 25 sounds like a lot of years. It must have been a different life for me then. I started, the independent film scene exploded and From dusk to dawn was an independently made film. It was a really low budget. It was crazy how we filmed it. ”

“I felt like you could do anything. Because of success Pulp Fiction, suddenly the studios no longer knew what the audience wanted. They tried anything, and it was very experimental. When it was August Desperate my book came out too Unmanned rebel, September was my first son, then the end was seen Four Rooms come out, and next month, January, From dusk to dawn came out. So many things were falling on me at the same time over a period of four or five months. It was quite an experience and I am still grateful to him. “

We could be heroes will land on Netflix on Friday, December 25, 2020.