Danny Trejo should be returning in his signature role, Machete, sooner than you might think. Deadline Hollywood reports that producer/director Robert Rodriguez and producer Alexander Rodnyansky are currently in talks with Trejo to star in “Machete Kills,” a sequel the 2010 action film “Machete.”
The trailer for “Machete” came before the movie, inserted as a gag in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration “Grindhouse.” It may be that Hollywood’s been doing backwards for decades. This could approach actually save shaky studios. Make the trailer, and if the audiences like it, then make the movie. If that works, make the sequel.
And since both “Grindhouse” and “Machete” refer to sequels, “Machete Kills” and “Machete Kills Again” respectively, they almost have a moral obligation to make the movies.
“Grindhouse” was a homage to seventies exploitation films that included fake trailers for other seventies-style exploitation films, including “Machete” and “Hobo with a Shotgun.” When your friendly neighborhood Fanboys Examiner reviewed “Machete,” I said: “I mean this in the nicest possible way, but Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” is a movie with something to offend everyone.” “Machete” featured liberal doses of zombie movie-level carnage, including but not limited to multiple decapitations, dismemberment, and disemboweling. There was also nudity (quite a bit with Lindsay Lohan, cast against type as a drug addict), onscreen drug use, adult language and situations and Cheech Marin as a gun-toting Catholic priest who is eventually crucified on-screen.
“Machete” didn’t gross even $50 million, but it also cost less than $11 million. That’s actually a healthy profit ratio compared to a lot of much more expensive studio tentpoles that have to mega-grosses just to break even.
A script has been written by Kyle Ward, and developed by Rodriguez and Marcel Rodriguez, co-writer of “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.” One assumes Rodriguez, who co-directed “Machete,” will again behind the camera. Not to spoil anything, but since almost every other male member of the cast of “Machete” dies in the movie, original castmembers who could return in a sequel are limited.
We’re including a trailer for the original “Machete” for you to refresh or memory or get caught up.