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Are You Ready for More Machete?

Bad guys beware, because Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo are sharpening their edged weapons once again. That’s right, mis amigos. The hombre known as Machete is plotting his return.

Deadline is reporting that Rodriguez is partnering with producer Alexander Rodnyansky to shoot Machete Kills, the second film in a proposed Machete trilogy. Production is expected to begin this spring.

If you’ll remember, at the end of the first flick, 2010′s Machete, the Mexican folk legend/urban guerilla played by Trejo rode off into the sunset to live a quiet, sexy life with the comely Jessica Alba, which is not a bad way to spend the rest of your days. So what could possibly force Machete out of such a comfortable retirement? No less than the threat of worldwide mayhem, of course.

Machete Kills finds our hero being “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.”

This sounds like it could set up the “Machete in Space” idea I hoped for way back in December 2010 — an idea which has subsequently been picked up by Rodriguez himself. At Comic-Con last July, Rodriguez announced that the third film of the Machete trilogy will be titled Machete Kills Again … in Space. Now, I’m not saying I’m owed a story credit, but a “thank you” text would be nice. Oh, I forgot. Machete don’t text.

~Theron Neel

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