At the end of Machete, the credits sequence told audiences that they could expect two sequels to the film called Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again.
One might have written that promise off because Machete failed to do any real damage at the box office pulling in only $26 million during its domestic run (although it made money on it’s $10.5 million budget). While director Rodriguez could have written off his credits sequence promise as a joke, he continued to insist that the sequels would get made. Now he’s actually a step closer to getting that done.
According to Deadline, Rodriguez has teamed up with producer Alexander Rodnyansky to develop a sequel to the 2010 summer film. The plan includes a third film to complete the trilogy, and Rodnyansky will both be producing and financing the first sequel. Rodriguez says,
“The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance. Machete is truly a super hero and Machete Kills will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time.”
The plan is to start production in April and Danny Trejo is in talks to once again play the title character. Kyle Ward is currently scripting the sequel, which will see Machete get hired by the U.S. government to take down the runner of a dangerous drug cartel in Mexico. The bad guy plans on spreading “war across the planet with a weapon in space” and Machete and his team must team up to stop him. In addition to Trejo, it’s expected that the cast members that didn’t die in the first movie will return as well, such as Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsey Lohan.
What so you think? Green light this puppy?