Sequel time: Star Trek 2 and Machete Kills couldn’t be more different, but since there’s a slight bit of news about the screenplay progress for each of them, why not make a little sandwich post? First up, Machete star Danny Trejo has told Bloody Disgusting that Robert Rodriguez tells him the script for Machete Kills is done. Don’t believe me? It’s right here: “I asked him when he was going to write it and he says it’s written, so we can get started pretty quick.”

Since the end credits of the first film promised a second (and third) James Bond-style, this isn’t a huge surprise. (The director previously said, “Once you put it out there, just like we found with the trailer, you have to make it.”) But Robert Rodriguez has to finish the fourth Spy Kids movie before anything else. And given that Machete did respectable but far from outrageously good numbers, we don’t know what the state of the series might be with respect to financing, nor whether co-director Ethan Maniquis might be involved.

After the break, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk Star Trek 2. (Which, lest you need a reminder, doesn’t actually have a signed director yet, and quite possibly won’t until the script is done.) Read More »

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Update (04/01/08): JoBlo reports via a reader who attended the same event as Bloody Disgusting that Danny Trejo said that Robert Rodriguez may “start up again” on Machete as early as this month. More on this as/if it develops…

Gore hounds and knife show infomerical zombies, rejoice! In yet more machete-related news, Blood Disgusting ran into fanboy favorite Danny Trejo over the weekend and he gave the requisite Machete update. According to Mr. Trejo, not only is the first (and only?) Grindhouse spin-off movie still happening, but there’s been talk of a trilogy. Keeping in mind that the first pseudo-exploitation flick would go straight-to-DVD, three of them wouldn’t seem completely outside the realms of possibility/profitability. Can you imagine the stain a Machete box set would leave on your coffee table?

He didn’t elaborate much more, but did say that Robert Rodriguez will direct the first film as well as produce, hopefully once he finishes up an unspecified project. If you’re wondering what Machete would be about, stare hard at the image above and squirt ketchup all over your screen. As much as I loathed Once Upon a Time in Mexico and was dumbfounded by the can’t-walk-the-talk dilemma that was Planet Terror, it would be great to see Rodriguez jam econo on three low budget action films in the spirit of a seedier, more nihilistic El Marachi. More on Machete if it ever develops…

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