Robert Rodriguez Announces Two Machete Sequels; Sin City 2 Could Happen (Still)
07.22.11 by Ryan
Anyone that saw last year's trailer-turned-feature Machete know the the end teased two sequels: Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again. In December of last year, Machete himself, Danny Trejo, said Robert Rodriguez had already scripted the sequel — Machete Kills we're assuming — and he expected to start with the sequel "pretty quick." During a panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con, Rodriguez announced that both sequels have been given the greenlight, The Playlist reports.
"You guys were great about supporting Machete," said Rodriguez. "The second one we’re going right into [now] — Machete Kills."
Whether Rodriguez will immediately follow with Machete Kills Again or not, the director did describe the third installment as a "space opera, a machete-shaped lightsaber. Machete kills in space" — whatever that means. Rodriguez could follow Machete Kills with the long-awaited Sin City 2 instead.
Last October, Rodriguez said the Sin City sequel was set to follow after August's Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. While that obviously isn't happening, Rodriguez says that "If Sin City 2 happens, it’ll happen this year" and revealed he would like to shoot the sequel in 3-D and had "an idea that would translate really well to that format."
Sin City 2 will be based on elements of Frank Miller's story "A Dame to Kill to For" as well as two new stories, one written by Miller and titled "The Long, Bad Night." Rodriguez wrote the script for the sequel.
Another project Rodriguez announced was Heavy Metal, a project that at one point David Fincher was planning as an animated anthology of science fiction shorts from directors like Zack Snyder and James Cameron. Fincher was still reportedly shopping the movie to different studios last March, but apparently the rights to movie lapsed, much to Rodriguez's surprise.
I was surprised [the] rights were available. I love Heavy Metal. It was one of the years I was interested in Barbarella — thought it was my only chance to do a Heavy Metal— movie.
Rodriguez is working with Kevin Eastman on the project, the owner of the current Heavy Metal Magazine, which inspired the original 1981 movie. No mention of whether Machete co-director Ethan Maniquis would be involved in the Machete sequels.