Robert Rodriguez to Write and Direct ‘Ugly Dolls’ Animated Film

CinemaCon 2017: New project to come out of STX

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Robert Rodriguez’s next project was unveiled at STX’s CinemaCon panel in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project, titled “Ugly Dolls,” will be based off the toy line of the same name and released May 10, 2019.

“Ugly Dolls” will be Rodriguez’s first animated film, inspired by a line of colorful plush monster toys. Rodriguez will also produce through Troublemaker Studios with David Horvath, creator of the toy line, serving as executive producer with Drew Matilsky.

Though he is known for darker fare like “Planet Terror” and “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn,” Rodriguez has a history of working on family films as well, most notably the “Spy Kids” franchise he started back in 2001 and “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” in 2005.

Rodriguez is also slated to direct two films for 20th Century Fox: “Alita: Battle Angel,” a sci-fi film based on a bestselling manga series and produced by James Cameron, and a remake of John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York,” which Rodriguez signed on to direct last week. “Alita” is currently set for a July 20, 2018 release.

Rodriguez is represented by WME and attorney David Fox.