Per Deadline, Robert Rodriguez has signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max. Rodriguez will first bring projects to the studio for potential development, with his son, Racer Rodriguez, serving as lead development executive.
Rodriguez broke out in the 90s with El Mariachi and Desperado, becoming somewhat of a hero to aspiring filmmakers around the world for his ability to work outside the studio system and on minimal budgets, as documented in his book Rebel Without A Crew.
He went on to make films such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, Spy Kids, and Alita: Battle Angel.
It will be interesting to see what projects he can conjure up for HBO. His ability to create immersive sci-fi worlds likely appealed to them. However, he’s reportedly targeting existing Warner Bros. properties with this deal. No word on what ones though.
Rodriguez said in a statement:
“It’s intriguing to be able to tap into the wealth of iconic IP available across the WarnerMedia portfolio and explore new stories to tell. I’m looking forward to a meaningful collaboration with the high caliber creative talent at HBO and HBO Max who have proven they’re willing to take risks, challenge norms and tell inclusive stories while producing a wide breadth of quality content.”
This HBO deal does not preclude Rodriguez from finishing work on his other projects, of which there are a lot. He’s directing the upcoming Disney+ series The Book Of Boba Fett, attached to helm a contemporary Zorro series for NBC, and in line to direct a sequel to Netflix film We Can Be Heroes.
There’s also ongoing rumours about another Spy Kids film, so we’ll keep an eye on that.