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Robert Rodriguez Machete Kills eyed for April production start

Robert Rodriguez is planning a sequel to the 2010 action film Machete, teaming with producer Alexander Rodnyansky for Machete Kills. They are eyeing an April production start date for the project, which is the second film in a planned trilogy. Talks are currently underway with Danny Trejo to reprise the title role and Rodriquez expects most of the original cast to return:

“The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance,” Rodriguez said. “Machete is truly a super hero and Machete Kills will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time.”

Deadline has a few basic details about the sequel:

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.

Machete was produced on a budget of just $10.5M and went on to gross $44.1M worldwide.