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Things didn't exactly go too well for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For when it was released in theaters back in August. The movie was largely dumped on by critics (a big contrast compared to the reception of the first movie back in 2005) and then it completely underwhelmed at the box office (another big contrast).
Machete Kills was a sequel no one asked for, but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst thing you could buy into. After all, Rodriguez was still on board to direct this time around, and a slew of famous faces also joined the cast. Soon, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing Machete Kills onto Blu-ray and DVD on January 21.
I’m pretty sure a couple of wishing wells and a fleet of warlocks will need to get involved in order for Machete Kills Again…In Space to ever see the light of day, but at least we have the above trailer for an explosive glimpse at what might have been had the sequel not tanked at the box office. The trailer was aired during the movie, so you may not have seen it yet.
A sequel to Rodriguez's 2010 film and based on a screenplay written by newcomer Kyle Ward, the new movie finds the titular hero (Danny Trejo) called upon by the President of the United States (Carlos Estevez a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) to help in a mission that will prevent a madman arms dealer down in Mexico (Mel Gibson) from launching a deadly missile into space.
Machete Kills is a very real movie, as crazy as that still seems. The unlikely sequel to the unlikely Machete, all based on a fake trailer for the unlikely Robert Rodriguez-Quentin Tarantino collaboration Grindhouse, Machete Kills brings back Danny Trejo as the titular fearless killer
Of course, if you've been paying attention, this shouldn't be that surprising. The film kicked off production earlier this year, and in February director Robert Rodriguez posted the above image of Josh Brolin on set
Robert Rodriguez loves few things more than the combination of busty gals and guns. With Machete Kills, Rodriguez takes his love of blending sex appeal and violence to a bawdy new place. A new poster for Sofia Vergara's character reveals the brothel madame Desdemona busting out Fembot-style with a double-barreled machine gun bra.
When it comes right down to it, who can honestly say that they wouldn't be interested in making a movie about Han Solo? In addition to being one badass son of a bitch who will shoot you before you have a chance to shoot him (screw you, Greedo!), he also happens to fly the coolest ship in the galaxy - The Millennium Falcon - and has the coolest, furriest best friend in the world in Chewbacca.
Danny Trejo was working as an actor long before Robert Rodriguez cast him as the knife-throwing badass Navajas in 1995's Desperado, but one also can't ignore what the director has done for his career. Not only has Rodriguez cast him in nearly all of his directorial efforts, but many of the films he has produced as well.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Jaime King are returning to reprise their roles from the first film. However, Jamie Chung will be replacing Devon Aoki as "deadly little Miho," and Dennis Haysbert will take over the role of Manute, a part originated by the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Just yesterday it was revealed Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to the sequel, and now Christopher Meloni has scored a role in the film.
Overnight Productions has filed a lawsuit against director Robert Rodriguez and his Quick Draw Productions in hopes of blocking the release of the sequel Machete Kills, which was picked up for distribution by Open Road last month. The dispute involves Texas tax-credit information, which Overnight claims they never received.
It was 11 years ago that Robert Rodriguez made 12-year-old child actress Alexa Vega a star by casting her as the pint-sized butt-kicker Carmen Cortez in the family-friendly action-comedy Spy Kids. But now, for their fifth collaboration, Rodriguez has given her a chance at a more mature role in Machete Kills. And from the first look of Vega as KillJoy, it's clear she's no longer the little girl we all remember.
A direct sequel to 2010's Machete, Machete Kills features the return of Danny Trejo as the titular character, who finds himself teaming up with the U.S. government. As a freelance agent Trejo is sent into Mexico where he has been assigned to take out a ruthless weapons dealer (Mel Gibson) who threatens to launch a weapon into space. Also on board are Michelle Rodriguez, who returns as Luz, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Jessica Alba and Demian Bichir.
Trejo spoke openly about the upcoming sequel Machete Kills, focusing primarily on the ladies his killer-for-hire will be able to romance. "We’ve got Sofia Vergara, who is a star in her own right, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and Zoe Saldana – and guess what? I get to kiss all of ‘em.”
Count me as part of the camp that won't believe Robert Rodriguez is actually making Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. In addition to the fact that it's been seven years since the first film was release, Rodriguez has been promising the sequel for years and has never actually come close to actually starting production, instead distracted by movies like Grindhouse, Machete, Shorts, Shark Boy and Lava Girl and Spy Kids 4D: All The Time In The World.
As Robert Rodriquez's Machete Kills nears its June start date, more and more compelling cast announcements are being made. The latest from Variety not only confirms rumors that Mel Gibson will play the evil arms dealer whose out of this world ambitions spurs the U.S. government to call on the help of Danny Trejo's titular Grindhouse badass, but also reveals Modern Family firecracker Sofia Vergara has entered talks to join the feature's growing group of femme fatales...
Amber Heard has taken a role in Machete Kills. In addition to the aforementioned actors, both Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba are attached to return as the titular Machete and Sartana, respectively. Heard will be playing an assassin codenamed Miss San Antonio, though the trade doesn't say which side she will be working for. The story of the film sees Machete agreeing to work with the U.S. government to help stop an evil arms dealer (Gibson) from launching a missile and causing massive chaos.
Bichir will join to two thrilling new projects, one being William Friedkin's Trapped, and the other Robert Rodriguez's exploitation-inspired action feature Machete Kills. Sequel to the Danny Trejo-fronted Machete, this soon-to-shoot schlock-fest has the titular hero teaming up with the U.S. government
Those who stayed through the end credits of Lin’s Fast Five learned that Rodriguez’s character, Letty, had not died (as Vin Diesel’s Dom has believed), and that she has become the latest target of Dwayne Johnson’s relentless federal agent. The Fast series has transformed into a high-octane soap opera, so bringing a character like Letty back from the dead isn’t much of a stretch. That and I always thought she fit well with the brash attitude of the burly franchise.
It's fair to say even Rodriguez thinks this is stunt casting-- that's the whole grindhouse aesthetic, after all-- but is it a stunt worth doing? Sure Gibson is controversial pretty much no matter what, but he also seems kind of distracting, and maybe even a liability
Robert Rodriguez has been promising a sequel to his sleek and sexy Sin City since 2005, but last week, after years of empty promises, fans were finally rewarded for their patience. Dimension Films announced Sin City 2 - rechristened as Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For - would at long last go into production. With news that casting would begin this week came the vague assurance that much of the original cast would surely return.
Both characters make sense to return for the next adventure, though it's unclear where they might fit into the story, which finds Machete working with the U.S. government to take down a Mexican drug cartel leader. There are also still plans to round out the trilogy with Machete Kills Again
It's been seven years since director Robert Rodriguez released his adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City, and that happens to also be the same number of years that he's been promising a sequel. With plenty of stories to choose from it wasn't hard to imagine that Rodriguez could pull it off, yet here we are in 2012 and we've still never seen a Sin City 2.
I've followed enough of these rumors to know that Sin City 2 won't exist until the last day of shooting wraps-- but if you want a little more hope to fuel you, take this news and run with it as you see fit
One of the most surprising news items of this week was that Robert Rodriguez had secured financing for Machete Kills, his sequel to the summer 2010 grindhouse feature Machete. According to the report, Rodriguez has teamed up with producer Alexander Rodnyansky and production is currently scheduled to begin in April. But if things aren't moving fast enough for you already, wait until you have a gander at this.