Where does a director with Grindhouse and Spy Kids on his resume go next? Possibly to the future! At least, the future as envisioned by a 1960s cartoon. According to Hollywood Reporter, Rodriguez is in talks to direct a live-action version of the "The Jetsons" for Warner Bros.
At the same time, the director — whose highly entertaining Planet Terror was the far better half of Grindhouse — is also considering another TV-inspired project. According to the Hollywood Reporter:
At the same time, the helmer has met with Will Ferrell and Universal execs for helming duties on "Land of the Lost," based on the 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft fantasy TV series to which Ferrell is attached to star.
While no offers have been made, sources say "Jetsons" has the edge because its script, whose latest draft is by Adam Goldberg ("Fanboys"), is further along.
At first, it seemed pretty odd that Rodriguez would follow Grindhouse (not to mention Sin City and Once Upon a Time in Mexico) with a movie based on a cartoon. But then I remembered Spy Kids, which I haven't seen but I hear is excellent, so
In fact, the more I get to know his work, I'm increasingly impressed by Rodriguez's versatility as a director. With Sin City, Rodriguez crafted a very creative method for adapting a graphic novel, and though "The Jetsons" is a cartoon, I could see him coming up with a very cool look for that movie, too.
Unfortunately, the very first thing that came to mind when I heard this news was the absolutely dreadful big-screen version of The Flintstones that came out in 1994. Man, was that movie bad. I just hope that whomever ends up directing "The Jetsons" movie remembers what happened to "The Flintstones."