Machete Kills Inching Closer to a Production Start Date

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Robert Rodriguez, Machete Kills Inching Closer to a Production Start DateApparently people are still clamoring for a sequel to Machete because Robert Rodriguez is teaming with producer Alexander Rodnyansky for Machete Kills with an eye toward an April start date. And they’re not stopping there either; the plan is for a trilogy.

Per Deadline the film will be produced and financed by Rodnyansky, whose Hollywood expansion plans include a $120 million film fund with Media Talent Group’s Geyer Kosinski. AR Films U.S. is a new partnership between AR Films and Aldamisa Entertainment, whose Sergei Bespalov will manage worldwide sales of Machete Kills during the upcoming EFM in Berlin.

The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance,” Rodriguez said. “Machete is truly a superhero, and Machete Kills will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time. Alexander has a tremendous background in moviemaking and huge enthusiasm for continuing the Machete legend onscreen,” Rodriguez continued. “I’m really looking forward to working with Alexander and Sergei Bespalov.

Of course talks are under way for Danny Trejo to reprise the title role, and Rodriguez expects many other original cast members to return. The film is a Quick Draw Production, produced by Rodriguez, Rodnyansky, Quick Draw’s Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic, Sergei Bespalov, and Rick Schwartz. A script has been written by Kyle Ward and developed by Rodriguez and Marcel Rodriguez.

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.

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  • James Coker

    just boggles my mind on how a sequel to machete is getting made and NOT Thanksgiving or Don’t, hell i’ll even settle for Werewolf Women of the SS

  • Caterpillar

    Going bigger and more ridiculous might work. I wasn’t a fan of MACHETE but I’d at least check out the third film if they indeed still plan to make an ultraviolent space opera with Danny Trejo. The main problem with MACHETE was that it was trying too hard to be what Rodriguez seems to think constituted a grindhouse film. It never works if you’re trying to make a crappy flick. Aim to make the best film you can, make the most of the means you have and hope that magic happens. That’s how we got HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, which is indeed how it should be fucking done. If Rodriguez can learn from his mistakes I’m not opposed to a sequel. After all, this is one case where there is plenty of room for improvement and there isn’t a whole lot that can be tainted if they fail again. Hell, they could announce a remake today and I wouldn’t be upset about it. More like HOBO, hell, I’d settle for more like PLANET TERROR (which wasn’t at all like a grindhouse film but more like a filmed version of a grindhouse film’s hyperbolic poster – and I liked it) and less… boring.

  • kiddcapone

    This is just plain asinine. I refuse to believe Machete has such a following that it warrants a sequel let-alone a fucking trilogy. It was like watching a Saturday Night Live skit based movie. Sure, it works as a funny short grind house trailer, but as a feature length flick it quickly runs out of steam and became stupid. It’s a fine line to walk when you intentionally try to recreate a nostalgic bad drive-in movie and maintain something fresh & entertaining.

    I wouldn’t even give this movie(s) a shot as a Netflix rental. Not interested.

  • Vanvance1

    Machete was an attempt at grindhouse that fizzled one third of the way into the film. Hobo with a Shotgun is how it’s supposed to be done.

    Seeing as how Rodriguez has tried his hand at this and results were less than appealing I’d like to see him aim his talent at a new concept. Whatever happened to the SF flick he was working on?