‘Machete’ Sequel Will Be Robert Rodriguez’ Next Project

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Those of you who were pleased to hear that Robert Rodriguez was finally preparing to begin work on Sin City 2… well, it turns out the Texan filmmaker’s attention has shifted elsewhere, yet again.

Rodriguez is instead moving ahead next with Machete Kills, a sequel to his 2010 feature-length adaptation of the popular Grindhouse faux trailer, Machete. Production on the pulpy flick is expected to get underway by April 2012, with Danny Trejo currently in talks to reprise his role as the titular deadly ex-Federale. Most of the surviving cast members from the first film are likewise expected to return in the Machete followup.

At the 2011 Comic-Con, Rodriguez revealed that two sequels to Machete – titled Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again in Space (no joke) – had already been greenlit, so this announcement isn’t entirely unexpected. Still, with word circulating last fall that Oscar-winner William Monahan was putting the final touches on the shooting script for a Sin City sequel, the latter appeared more likely to happen next. C’est la vie, we guess…

Deadline has confirmed that financing is already in place for Machete Kills, which is based on a story idea co-developed by R. Rodriguez and his brother/frequent producer, Marcel. The screenplay is being penned by up-and-comer Kyle Ward, who’s also worked on the scripts for the in-limbo Kane & Lynch video game adaptation, along with the impending Arabian Nights project that has Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth attached to star.

R. Rodriguez previously claimed that the trailer for the third Machete flick will be attached to Machete Kills… and will feature Trejo’s alter ego wielding a lightsaber-esque version of his trademark weapon (again, no joke) as he goes up against a diabolical villain, who’s developing a world-devestating space arsenal.

So, for those of you who were wondering how Rodriguez could possibly top the sheer ridiculousness of the first Machete movie… well, there you go.

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Danny Trejo is expected to return in 'Machete Kills'

Here is how Deadline describes the plot of Machete Kills:

The new film finds Machete recruited by the U.S. Government for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man. Machete must battle his way through Mexico to take down a madman cartel leader and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space. Machete takes on an army in an effort to dismantle a plan for global anarchy.

It sounds as though Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again in Space are essentially going to be two halves of a single narrative, similar to both the Matrix and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequels. Don’t be surprised if news about Rodriguez shooting the films back-to-back leaks out in the future – partly for that reason, but also because such an approach would be in keeping with the director’s “lean and clean” independent moviemaking style.

More than that, Rodriguez is really going all-out on embracing the over-the-top, tongue firmly in cheek nature of Machete‘s B-movie predecessors with these sequels, delving even further into the realm of intentional self-parody, as classic exploitation cinema tended to do.

Machete Kills also appears set to drop many of the political overtones – or, rather, the “Mexploitation” angle, if you will – of the original film. Seeing how many moviegoers felt that the attempts at social commentary in the original Machete were not only distracting, but also as hammy and ludicrous as… well, the movie itself, this news should go over well enough.


We will keep you updated on the status of Machete Kills as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I’d rather see Sin City 2. Machete was lame in my opinion.

    • I agree, this is just ridiculous.

  2. I’d rather see Predators :( Then Sin City 2 the year after

    • yeah I agree I would definitely love to see him take another shot at Predators. I loved his version.

      • Predators with a big budget would be so sick

  3. It’s a shame he seems so reluctant to return to the Sin City world. Sin City was the last decent movie he made. Or produced. Or (co) wrote.

  4. I’d rather see another Machete than Expendables 2. At least Rodriguez realizes and intentionally makes these films over the top and fun. Were as you know Stallone and Co think The Expendables will bring him back to A-list action hero status again.
    As far as Sin City 2 is concerned I’m starting to think it may never happen. I’d rather see it than either films I mentioned above but as we get farther and farther away from the original my hope is dimming.

  5. dam!! been waiting for city 2 forever o well machete is just bad ass with lots of blood and hot chicks =)

  6. Machete rocked! It was just a fun, over-the-top movie and never tried to be anything else. And anything with Jessica Alba in it can’t be ALL bad, can it?!

    • She was nude and anyone that has a problem with that movie or her is a wife that needs to get a life.

  7. Im an action film junkie, so I watch then for the sheer enjoyment of such. Therefore, I cant wait for them all, from Sin 2 to Machete 2.

  8. The fake trailer was way better then the actual film. I really was looking forward to Sin City 2. Otherwise they have to make a sequel to Planet Terror and Death Proof somehow if they are going to make this pail o’ crap.

  9. Great news to hear,for hopefully Rodriguez will wrangle up the likes of Fred Williamson,Pam Grier,Sybil Danning(as a Boots McCoy-type villainess),Nastassja Kinski,Johnny Depp,and Javier Bardem for this upcoming sequel.

  10. Machete was a good action movie, I wouldn’t mind Machete 2.

    If part 2 is more violent and more brutal and has more dangerous villains and good fight scenes then I’m in.

  11. Yes!

    If only we get to see more than a bit of “side boob”,

    C’mon Jess!

    Get the girls out!


    • Who wants to look at those skanks?

  12. Machete 3 seems way to over the top. I liked what they did but the whole space things like a little to much to me. I’ll still catch it as a rental…

  13. The movie is called Machete Kills Again…

    I can wait for Sin City 2 a little longer.

  14. cant wait to see them, gonna be badazz!

    • More like dumbazz

  15. I’m actually looking forward to Machete 2 and 3. Quite curious about it in space. The first Machete was ok. The amount of blood and killing just made it so funny.

    Sin City 2 is just another story (Prequel), could be viewed favorably if you read the comics (Read them all). Looking forward to Sin City 3 actually because Johnny Depp is attached to the project and will play the main character in the story “Hell and Back.” I also hope he returns as Agent Sands in another “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” Sequel. His performance was amazing, he like stole the whole movie. Sin City 3 will for sure have the stories like “Family Values” and “Hell and Back.”

    I was looking forward to Predators release, but after watching it I considered it a lame plot where the Predators act like humans (walking and running), Cheap Special Effects and few survivors.

    I’m collecting Robert Rodriguze’s Film Franchise as:

    El Mariachi
    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
    Sin City
    Sin City 2
    Machete 2
    Machete 3
    Sin City 3

    • Remind me never to watch movies at your house

  16. Don’t forget Spy Kids & Predators!! :/
    I liked Predators, but never seen Spy Kids.
    I really want to see a kickass Deadpool movie, with The Man, Ryan Reynolds!! Can’t believe this movie isn’t the highest priority!! C’mon!!!

    • Ryan Reynolds is a bigger knob than Dan Trejo

  17. Machete 3

    Danny Trejo – (Machete)

    Clint Eastwood (old man with a white mustash cowboy)

    Kevin Costner – (main villen)

    Arnold Schwarzenegger – (mexicano – robretoRodriguez )

    Resident Evil – (2nd villen)

    Jessica Alba – (the retuns)