At SXSW, Robert Rodriguez announced a feature length Machete movie, based on the popular fake Grindhouse trailer. At this weekend’s Grindhouse junket we were able to grill Robert for more details on this new project.
“When I started doing the trailer and as soon as we started showing it to people they said we want to see this movie. Bob Weinstein even said that ‘I want to see that movie.’ So I thought we would probably make it then.Â If audiences respond to it the way I think they might then I think we’ll make it.”
Quentin Tarantino jumped in:
“Robert pretty much has about 40 minutes of it anyway just from the trailers.Â True grind house I’ll give him 6 more days to finish it out.”One of the things I love about it is well there is blacksploitation but in America there wasn’t a mexsploitation.Â ‘Machete’ is definitely a mexsploitation film.
Robert explained, “When I wrote him [Danny Trejo] in 94 I thought he should be like Charles Bronson or Jean-Claude Van Damme and make a movie every year. He should be making his own mexslpoitation movies so I came up with this character ‘Machete’ for him.”
When asked if the film would be released theatrically, Robert replied:
“Yeah, I mean I am just going to go shoot it and then I will see what we do with it. “
The Sin City director previously revealed that a Machete screenplay is completely finished, and Danny Trejo is very excited to start filming
And when can we expect MACHETE? The movie would be filmed at the same time as Sin City 2 (tentatively set for early Summer 2007):
“It would be done at the same time.Â It would have to come out when ‘Grindhouse’ comes out on DVD.”
Grindhouse will hit theaters on April 6th 2007.