Robert Rodriguez has finally made good on his plans to turn 2010's kick-ass Grindhouse spin-off Machete into a motion picture trilogy. At last year's San Diego Comic Con, Rodriguez announced that the next two films in the series, Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again, would culminate in a third installment that sends Machete to outer space with a light saber machete. But first, Machete's going to take on an entire army single-handed.
Deadline reports that production is slated to begin on Machete Kills as early as April. Danny Trejo, without whom the franchise is simply inconceivable, is currently in talks to return in the title role, and many of the (surviving) cast members of the original film are expected to reappear in some capacity. The film finds Machete traveling back to Mexico to take down a drug lord and billionaire arms dealer who plan to start World War III using a new kind of space weapon. Clearly it's based on a true story. Also, it clearly offers an easy way to get Machete into space for Machete Kills Again. Kyle Ward, the writer for the long in-development Kane & Lynch move adaptation, has written the screenplay based on a story developed by Robert Rodriguez and his brother Marcel, who co-wrote Rodriguez's mostly-forgotten children's film The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl 3-D.
Meh. It'll probably turn out okay anyway.
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