There hasn’t been a shortage of new Hollywood projects, and there hasn’t been any shortage of Alamo City-based filmmakers, performers, and other innovators working in them. Deals and projects with HBO and HBO Max, Paramount+, Netflix, and others are among them. Here’s what some of San Antonio’s local talent has been up to this month.
The director of Spy Kids, Desperado, Machete, and Alita: Battle Angel, who was born in San Antonio and now lives in Austin, just secured a deal with HBO and HBO Max to potentially develop original shows for the network and streaming platform. Racer Rodriguez, Rodriguez’s son, will be the lead development executive under the new deal.
In addition to his HBO arrangement, Rodriguez has moved his cable TV channel, El Rey Network, to the streaming platform Roku Channel. El Rey was launched in 2013 by the director to provide content to English-speaking Latinos. The shows From Dusk to Dawn: The Series, Matador, and Lucha Underground were among the network’s original programming.
Although a remake of the 1989 horror film Pet Sematary was only released a few years ago, Paramount has already expressed interest in doing it again. This time, they’ve cast Henry Thomas (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) from San Antonio in an unspecified part. The new adaptation, which will air on Paramount+, is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name from 1983. The plot revolves around a parent who uncovers an old burial ground near his home and gains the ability to resurrect the dead.
Adrian Grenier (TV’s Entourage) plays a man whose abduction is aired online in Clickbait, a new Netflix miniseries that premieres on Wednesday, August 25. Jessica Collins, a San Antonio native who attended both Clark High School and the Julliard School, has ties to the Alamo City. Collins made her acting debut in an episode of Ghost Whisperer in 2005. Since then, she’s appeared on AMC’s Rubicon and NBC’s Revolution as a regular.
Jared Paladecki, the star of Walker and a resident of San Antonio, has lately revealed further facts about what transpired in June when he complained about being passed up for a new TV project. Paladecki was responding to a tweet from Jensen Ackles, his Supernatural co-star. On the show, he and Ackles portrayed brothers Dean and Sam Winchester. The Winchesters, a new series starring Ackles as the narrator, will relate the story of Dean and Sam’s parents, according to Ackles’ tweet.
The San Antonio-born actress is expected to return for a 10th installment of the Fast and Furious film franchise, a movie that now has an official release date. The presently unnamed sequel is scheduled for an April 7, 2023, theatrical release. That’s plenty of time to figure out how to get the entire crew up into space, so they can burn rubber on Mars.