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Back in February, it was announced that director Robert Rodriguez would be teaming up with Danny Trejo and returning to the 'Machete' universe for a sequel. The plot for 'Machete Kills' would apparently see the vigilante Machete battling drug cartels in Mexico...and also something about space weapons. In addition to Trejo, it now seems that Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez will be reprising their roles from the first film; an immigration agent and a badass rebel leader respectively. This bit of somewhat predictable casting news comes on the heels of the rumor that apparently Robert Rodriguez is also chatting with Mel Gibson about possibly appearing the 'Machete' sequel. No word yet on who Gibson would play and no official deal yet exists. Production on 'Machete Kills' is set to begin this spring with a third installment, rumored to be set in space, apparently also on the table.
Once again, I am not looking forward to another 'Machete' movie. As much as I enjoy exploitation and admire movies that are able to effectively capture the spirit of classic b-movies, Robert Rodriguez's attempt at a grindhouse film throwback just did not work for me. Therefore, unfortunately, the news that Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez will probably be coming back does little to boost my excitement for the sequel. However, this very up-in-air possibility of adding Mel Gibson to the mix intrigues me. Whatever your feelings toward the man on a personal level, Mel's a great actor and just crazy enough to fit right into this world. I will say that I just attended a screening of Mel's new film 'Get the Gringo' last night here in Austin and, during the Q&A, Mel mentioned that he and Robert were talking about this prospect earlier that day and he seemed quite upbeat about it. I won't presume to come to any conclusions based on that, but I can tell you that he's not opposed to it.
What do you guys think? Are you down for more 'Machete?'If so, are you happy Alba and Rodriguez are returning? What do you think about the possibility of Mel Gibson coming on board?