Robert Rodriguez Caves to Box Office Reality, Strips 'Machete' Sequel of Divisive Politics

Wipe away the torrent of blood from the 2010 film “Machete” and you saw a coarse treatise on illegal immigration and those eeee-vil folks who dare to care about controlling the borders.

The film wasn’t a flop, but its $26 million haul hardly screamed “franchise.” Yet a sequel is on the way all the same, but this time it looks like we’ll see more of Machete the killing machine and less obtuse political content.


Deadline.com:

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” writer/producer Robert Rodriguez is one of the more pragmatic talents in Hollywood. His early claim to fame was making “El Mariachi” for a measly $7,000. Since then, he’s wisely concentrated on keeping his budgets relatively low and ensuring a decent return on investment for his projects. It’s clear he still has a grasp for the bottom line.


Genre fans love Danny Trejo’s Machete character, and who can blame them? But the first film’s ugly political content – painting politicians against illegal immigration to be nothing more than monsters – certainly turned away more than a few genre fans.

“Machete Kills,” the tentative title for the new film, could be both a reboot and a sign that Hollywood has the ability to listen when the audience speaks. It just doesn’t happen very often.

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