Bob Silva and Jerry Frissen from Muttpop agreed to sit down with to tell us more about the upcoming live-action movie adaptation of "Luchadores 5."
For anyone living under a rock, can you give us the low down of what Luchadores Five is all about? And what is lucha libre?
Bob Silva: The â€œLuchadores 5â€ is about five middle-aged men who wear Mexican Wrestling masks and protect their East L.A. turf from bad guys. Instead of gangs with guns and knives, the Luchadores5 world is inhabited with tiki warriors, werewolves, and French men. Unfortunately, all of their efforts go unappreciated by the family and friends that see them as overgrown nerds who run around like kids in costumes playing â€œCowboys & Indiansâ€.
Lucha Libre is a popular form of Mexican wrestling. Itâ€™s a huge inspiration for the cultural base and visual aesthetic of the heroes in the Luchadores5. Lucha Libre has a very devoted following in Mexico and a huge cult following throughout the entire world. It is best known for the beautiful masks many of the wrestlers wear and charismatic Lucha Libre superstars like El Santo and Blue Demon. What many people donâ€™t know is that it also has a strict code and familial heritage that parallels the Samuraiâ€™s Bushido.
When did you first decide that Luchadores Five should be a feature film?
BS: Jerryâ€™s the big granddaddy behind all things Luchadores 5, so letâ€™s hear from him!
Jerry Frissen: I wanted to do that from the beginning. While I was writing the first chapter of the LUCHADORES FIVE I thought a live action movie would perfectly translate the cheesy concept. I had trouble convincing people that live action would be better than an animation but we did it.
What roles do Club Deal Films and Chamber Six play in the production process?
BS: Club Deal Films, the primary Producers, are the Money Men. They will be in charge of gathering financing and talent for the project. Chamber Six is our Partner In Crime. What started as Chamber Six and Muttpop brainstorming over beers and Greek food has translated into a solid, live action feature. Chamber Sixâ€™s Michael Olmos will be the Director on the project. Adrian Cruz, also of Chamber Six, is credited as the author of the screenplay.
How close will the film follow the stories from the comic and what kind of rating are you going for?
BS: Some concessions had to be made to successfully bring the mood of the project to film. What works wonderfully on paper doesnâ€™t always look great with living, breathing actors on celluloid.
The characters are the same but context was brought to the film to help educate the viewer about the rich world of Mexican Wrestling. Instead of assuming that the audience would know the subtleties of the Culture that we were paying homage to, we found a way to introduce them to its nuances while still building upon its rich history and making a damned funny film!
One of the most striking things about Luchadores Five is the character designs. They work absolutely fantastically as vinyl toys as you no doubt have discovered. How will you translate this design sense for live action? And will the mask designs of the luchadores make it to the big screen un-altered?
BS: Thank you! Would you expect a Spider-Man without the classic red and blue costume? Whatâ€™s a Superman film without the classic red and yellow emblem? The designs by Bill and Gobi are iconic and perfect. We will do everything we can to ensure that any alterations respect the original work of our super talented artists. The key visual cues of the mask designs will stay true to the original design. Of course, some tweaks may be made to better see the actorâ€™s expressionsâ€¦but when you see Red Demon or Tequila, you will be able to recognize him immediately.
Will you be filming on location in LA?
BS: Weâ€™re still finalizing film locations. Naturally, as a project based on the East L.A. neighborhood, filming will definitely happen in Los Angeles. Itâ€™s possible that some additional filming may occur in other locations. Thatâ€™s really the Producers job. They will do everything they can to ensure that every dollar spent on the film will be seen on that screen.
If money were no object, who would be in your dream cast?
BS: Iâ€™d prefer not to disclose that information. We are actively pursuing actors as we speak. We definitely have our â€œdream castâ€ but we donâ€™t want to reveal it without having spoken to the actors in question beforehand.
Do you have plans to recruit real luchadores to play roles or appear in cameos?
BS: We havenâ€™t thought that far in advance. Thereâ€™s potential for some nice cameosâ€¦but first and foremost we want to make an excellent film. If the film sucks, a cameo from â€œGodâ€ wouldnâ€™t matter. So weâ€™re focused on the filmmaking right now.
Luch libre features signature moves and holds that make it a truly unique wrestling style. How will you maintain authenticity with the fight choreography?
BS: This is more of a question for the Director. We discussed at length about this with Michael Olmos. Heâ€™s very interested in developing a choreography style that mixes the best of brawling/bar fight choreography with grappling and signature wrestling moves. Iâ€™m positive the final result will be beautiful!
Are you looking for major distribution?
BS: Distribution is a Producer thing. Theyâ€™re in the midst of all of that right now. We are determined to have this be a worldwide theatrical release.
Viral seems to be the buzzword of today.
BS: Trueâ€¦but ewww, that sounds so dirty! Weâ€™ve never thought of what we are doing as â€œviralâ€. Forget the hot â€œbuzzwordsâ€â€¦we just wanted to get this wonderful world that we have all taken a part in creating out there for people to interact with, untainted. Thatâ€™s the vision behind the toys, the comics, and the film. We look forward to seeing what people take away from it!
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. We can't wait to see the Luchadores 5 take the silver screen! Congrats!