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Robert Rodriguez reveals ‘We Can Be ’ success during holidays

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‘We Can Be

had a stellar 2020 — Robert Rodriguez reveals ‘We Can Be Heroes’ and snuck in one last buzzer-beating with the Christmas release of We Can Be Heroes, the latest family adventure film from Spy Kids and Sharkboy and Lava Girl writer-director Robert Rodriguez. Netflix reported the film drew more than 44 million viewers over the holidays and the streaming service has already green-lit a sequel.

The movie assembles a crew of pre-teen superhero spawn who must jump into action when invading aliens seize their planet-protecting parents.

“The kids are going to have to take over sooner or later, us parents have screwed this place up,” the popular filmmaker (whose other credits include a pivotal Season 2 episode of The Mandalorian and the far more adult-skewing Mexico Trilogy, Sin City and Machete) tells Yahoo Entertainment about the film’s genesis in a new interview (watch above). “That was first and foremost on my mind. I had just raised five kids.”

The production was a full-on family affair for the Austin, Tex.-based Rodriguez clan.

His daughter Rhiannon not only inspired lead character Missy (Yaha Gosselin) as well as a couple of the other young heroes, she also drew all of the illustrations that are in the film and service key plot points. His son Rogue, 15 at the time, designed the alien ship interiors in his game engine; 20-year-old son Rebel composed the film’s orchestral score; and 22-year-old son Racer co-produced the whole film with him.

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