First…For those of you not familiar with the upcoming Grindhouse, it’s two 75 minute horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) put together as two film features, including fake movie trailers in between both movies. The highly anticipated double feature will include two films joined by the faux ads and trailers. Rodriguez’s Planet Terror will be a zombie film, while Tarantino’s section, called Death Proof will be a slasher flick.
Quentin Tarantino has cast Kurt Russell (“The Thing,” “Escape from New York”), Zoe Bell (“Kill Bill”), Rosario Dawson (“Sin City,” “Rent,” “Clerks II”), Vanessa Ferlito (“24,” “CSI: NY,” “Shadowboxer”), Jordan Ladd (“Waiting,” Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever”), Rose McGowan (“Charmed,” “Scream,”and Robert Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror”), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Veronica Mars,” “Joan of Arcadia”), Marley Shelton (“Sin City,” “Planet Terror”), Tracie Thoms (“Rent”) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Final Destination 3,” upcoming “Bobby” and “Black Christmas”), in his segment.
The ensemble cast for Rodriguez’s Planet Terror includes Freddy Rodriguez (“Poseidon,” “Six Feet Under,” “Dead Presidents”), Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin (“Into The Blue,” “Hollow Man”), Naveen Andrews (ABC’s “Lost”), Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn (“Alien,” “The Abyss”), Stacy Ferguson (also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, “Poseidon”), Jeff Fahey (“Dark Hunters,” “Wyatt Earp”), and Michael Parks (“Kill Bill,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”).
Grindhouse will be shot in the tradition of the ’70s exploitation films that have significantly influenced both Rodriguez and Tarantino. It will be released in theatres nationwide on Easter weekend – April 6, 2007.
The announcement was made earlier by Quentin Tarantino and Dimension Films in front of over 6,000 film fans at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con International.
An additional note. The image included in this story is the cover of a book companion that is coming out for Grindhouse, that is being published by Rodriguez’ publishing house, called Troublemaker Publishing. The 250 page hardcover companion book to Grindhouse offers fans an insider’s look into the making of the double feature. It’s filled with cast and crew interviews, hundreds of full-color photographs, never-before-seen conceptual art and an in-depth history of the grindhouse genre by the directors themselves, GRIND HOUSE: THE SLEAZE FILLED SAGA OF AN EXPLOITATION DOUBLE FEATURE is the essential fan’s guide to the two-fisted bloodbath of the year.
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