Troublemaker Studios is a film production company founded and owned by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and producer Elizabeth Avellán. The company is based in Austin, Texas and is at the former site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. It shares space with Austin Studios, which is managed by the Austin Film Society, and houses production offices, sound stages and the largest green screen in Texas.
|Predecessor||Los Hooligans Productions|
|Founded||1991(as Los Hooligans Productions)|
|Headquarters||Austin, Texas United States|
|Subsidiaries||El Chingon Inc.|
El Chingon Productions, LP
El Chingon Investments, LP
El Rey Productions
Fifth Brain Inc.
Quick Draw Productions
Quick Draw Animation
Quick Draw Holdings
Rocket Racing Rebels Record Co.
Rodriguez International Pictures
The company's visual effects division, Troublemaker Digital, is also located at the site, and uses six-core AMD Opteron processors and FirePro graphics accelerators on many of its productions. A second facility, Troublemaker Sound, is located in the hill country outside Austin. It provides post-production sound and editing facilities, including a mixing and dubbing sound stage powered by a large Pro Tools installation, and a full Avid Unity-based editing system.
In the 1990s and 2000s, it had an alliance with Dimension Films to produce projects for the studio, with most of them becoming hit films and their box office successes. The company made its breakthrough with its first franchise being that of Spy Kids. On August 12, 2021, the company had signed a deal with HBO and HBO Max.
Los Hooligans ProductionsEdit
The company was founded in 1991 as Los Hooligans Productions, taking its name from Rodriguez's own comic strip, Los Hooligans, which he wrote and illustrated for three years while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Rodriguez chose the name so fans of the strip would recognize it when they saw his films. The company was reincorporated as Troublemaker Studios in 2000.
Los Hooligans Productions filmography:
- Bedhead (1991) (short film)
- El Mariachi (February 26, 1993) (distributed by Columbia Pictures)
- Desperado (August 25, 1995) (distributed by Columbia Pictures)
- From Dusk Till Dawn (January 19, 1996) (co-production with A Band Apart; distributed by Dimension Films)
- The Faculty (December 25, 1998) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (March 16, 1999) (direct-to-video) (co-production with A Band Apart; distributed by Dimension Films and Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
- From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (January 18, 2000) (direct-to-video) (co-production with A Band Apart; distributed by Dimension Films and Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
- Spy Kids (March 30, 2001) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (August 7, 2002) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (July 25, 2003) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico (September 12, 2003) (distributed by Columbia Pictures and Dimension Films)
- Sin City (April 1, 2005) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (June 10, 2005) (distributed by Dimension Films and Columbia Pictures)
- Grindhouse (April 6, 2007) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- Shorts (August 21, 2009) (co-production with Imagination Abu Dhabi and Media Rights Capital; distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures)
- Predators (July 9, 2010) (co-production with Davis Entertainment; distributed by 20th Century Fox)
- Machete (September 3, 2010) (co-production with Overnight Productions and Hyde Park Entertainment; distributed by 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures Releasing International)
- Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (August 19, 2011) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- Two Scoops (2013) (short film) (A Quick Draw Production in association with BlackBerry)
- The Director's Chair (2014–present) (co-production with Skip Film and FactoryMade Ventures)
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22, 2014) (co-production with Aldamisa Entertainment, Miramax Films and Solipsist Films; distributed by Dimension Films)
- Sock 'Em Dead (2015) (short film) (co-production with Rodriguez International Pictures in association with Happy Socks)
- Spy Kids: Mission Critical (2018) (co-production with Dimension Television and Mainframe Studios; distributed by Lantern Television)
- Alita: Battle Angel (February 14, 2019) (co-production with Lightstorm Entertainment; distributed by 20th Century Fox)
- Red 11 (March 15, 2019) (co-production with Double R)
- UglyDolls (May 3, 2019) (co-production with Reel FX Animation Studios, Alibaba Pictures, Huaxia Film Distribution and Original Force; distributed by STX Entertainment)
- We Can Be Heroes (December 25, 2020) (Under Double R, distributed by Netflix)
- Hypnotic (co-production with Studio 8 and Hoosegow Productions; distributed by Solstice Studios)
- Spy Kids: Armageddon (co-production with Skydance Media and Spyglass Media Group; distributed by Paramount Pictures)
Quick Draw ProductionsEdit
In 2010, Rodriguez launched Quick Draw Productions, a production and financing company that would allow him greater freedom to develop and produce film and television projects. Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic are his partners in the venture. In 2012, an animation division, Quick Draw Animation, was launched. Both companies are based at Troublemaker Studios.
Quick Draw Productions filmography:
Rodriguez International PicturesEdit
In 2006, Rodriguez launched Rodriguez International Pictures, a film and television production company that mainly focuses on the horror genre. Its name is an homage to the low-budget production company American International Pictures.
Rodriguez International Pictures filmography:
- Curandero: Dawn of the Demon (2005/March 12, 2013) (direct-to-video) (distributed by Dimension Films, Miramax and Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
- Grindhouse (April 6, 2007) (distributed by Dimension Films)
- From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (2014–15) (co-production with Sugarcane Entertainment and FactoryMade Ventures; distributed by Miramax and Entertainment One)
- Matador (2014) (co-production with K/O Paper Products and FactoryMade Ventures; distributed by Entertainment One)
- Lucha Underground (2014–2018) (co-production with MGM Television, FactoryMade Ventures and AG Studios)
- Sock 'Em Dead (2015) (short film) (co-production with Troublemaker Studios in association with Happy Socks)
- 'Secuestro Express': Jonathan Jakubowicz and Elizabeth Avellán on Venezuela's surprise hit
- Roman, Monica (January 9, 1997). "Arthouse, haunted house buoy Miramax". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
- Bing, Jonathan; Lyons, Charles (October 9, 2000). "Dimension prexy ankles". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
- Nakamura, Reid (August 12, 2021). "Robert Rodriguez Signs First-Look Deal With HBO, HBO Max". TheWrap. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
- Lawson, Terry (May 27, 1999). "Small-screen Success Stories". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
- "Cinematheque bows 'Dusk 3' for Halloween". Variety. October 19, 1999. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- Savlov, Marc (August 9, 2002). "Gadgets and Gizmos". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
- "AICN Exclusive: Nimród Antal is directing PREDATORS". Aintitcool.com. July 1, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
- "Job Hotline – Crew & Industry Calls – Alita: Battle Angel". Texas Film Commission. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
- "Austin filming locations for Alita: Battle Angel". kftv.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
- Kohn, Eric (March 7, 2019). "Robert Rodriguez on Advice From James Cameron and How 'Alita: Battle Angel' Brought Him Back to His Roots". IndieWire. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
- Khatchatourian, Maane (March 28, 2017). "Robert Rodriguez to Direct 'Ugly Dolls' Animated Film for STX". Variety. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
- Wiseman, Andreas (August 21, 2019). "Priyanka Chopra Jonas To Star In Netflix Superhero Movie From 'Alita: Battle Angel' Director Robert Rodriguez". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
- "Production Weekly – Issue 1300 – Thursday, May 26, 2022 / 17 Listings – 38 Pages". Production Weekly. May 25, 2022. Archived from the original on June 7, 2022. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
- "'Machete Kills' Will Slice Into Theaters on September 13". ComingSoon.net. January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- Official website Troublemaker Studios