Robert Rodriguez' Machete made about 44 million dollars worldwide, which isn't that much. But when the movie cost 10 million, somebody is seeing a payday. Which is why the director was able to secure financing for his much-talked about sequel, Machete Kills, the second part in a planned Machete trilogy.
Deadline says the film will start in April, and that Danny Trejo is in talks (I'm not sure quite how the film will go on without him, so that feels like a big deal). The site has a synopsis:
The new film finds Machete 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.
I'm sure somebody out there is excited for this. It's not me, that's for sure. I do think it's kind of a travesty that THIS is the fake Grindhouse trailer* that becomes a franchise while Eli Roth's Thanksgiving never moved ahead.
* not counting Hobo With A Shotgun, which won the fake trailer contest before becoming a movie.