Even though Robert Rodriguez has long been touting 2009’s Machete was the beginning of a trilogy of films, it was thought to be dead in the water due to the lackluster performance of the original. Now, Deadline is reporting that Rodriguez has producer Alexander Rodnyansky on board and is ready to move forward with the sequel Machete.
The sequel, as was hinted during the first film, will be titled Machete Kills, already has a script and will start production as soon as April. The new film finds Machete recruited by the U.S. Government to take on a mission that would be too much for any normal man.
Machete must battle his way through Mexico single-handed 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.”
In true Grindhouse fashion, Machete Kills will be more over the top than the original.“The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance,” Rodriguez stated. “”Machete” is truly a super hero and “Machete Kills” will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time.”
Danny Trejo is in talks to reprise the titular role, and is expected to return. Along with Trejo, Rodriguez expects many of the original cast to return, except the obvious charcters who didn’t survive the first film.
If this sequel finds success, there are plans to follow up with the finale of the trilogy tentatively called Machete Kills Again.
One can only hope that this sequel comes to fruition, unlike Rodriguez’s other announced big property sequel, Sin City.