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Robert Rodriguez Insists on Making Another 'Machete' Movie

– by Philip Sticco

One of my big movie going disappointments in 2010 was Machete. I don't know why, I didn't build this up in my mind to be anything grand. All I was expecting was a fun, ultra-violent cheesy grind house film that didn't take itself too seriously. What I got was an overly plotted movie with too many characters, lulls between action that lasted too long and arguably Jessica Alba's worst performance ever, which is saying something.

It wasn't a  big surprise to me when Machete didn't blow up the box office, but I am surprised that Rodriquez and company are insisting on a sequel. Then again, the first film only cost around $10 million to produce and grossed something like $44 million worldwide. If you add in the cable and home video sales, I'm sure the filmmakers made a tidy little profit. I suppose it's not that big a surprise after all.

Deadline New York is reporting the sequel to Machete, Machete Kills, could go into production as early as April. Rodriguez, who wrote and directed last film, outsourced scripting duties to Kyle Ward, although I'm sure Roriguez had lots of input.

“The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance,” Rodriguez said. “Machete is truly a super hero and Machete Kills will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time.”

This time around Machete is...

"... 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."

Danny Trejo hasn't officially signed on yet, but I'm sure its only a matter of time. Producers also hope to bring back most of the cast of the first film, at least those actors whose characters survived.

What did you think of Machete, do you agree with my opinion or am I being too hard on it?

SOURCE: Deadline New York

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