Tarantino, Rodriguez pairing for pic
The Weinstein Co.’s highly anticipated experimental pic — for which Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are each set to helm a 60-minute horror tale — is headed into production in the coming weeks, with Rodriguez readying to shoot his segment on his home turf of Austin, Texas.Rodriguez’s part, “Planet Terror,” will be a zombie pic, while Tarantino’s section, “Death Proof,” will a slasher seg. Casting hasn’t been announced. The two filmmakers are hammering out concepts for some of the faux trailers and ads that will run between the two pics as an intermission. (The “Pulp Fiction” helmer has always peppered his pics with made up product placement, from Big Kahuna Burgers to Red Apple cigarettes.) Tarantino is keen this time on shooting a fake trailer for a sexploitation movie titled “Cowgirls in Sweden.” Other possibilities include a blaxploitation pic and a kung-fu movie. “Grind” will be shot in the tradition of the ’70s exploitation films that influences both helmers. Variety coined the phrase “grindhouse” to describe the seedy, downtown movie theaters that ran double or triple-features with only brief intermissions. Rodriguez will likely be the cinematographer on both segments. The Weinstein Co. plans on releasing “Grind” later this year.