Rodriguez Co-Directing Machete with Editor Ethan Maniquis
by Alex Billington
April 23, 2009
So maybe Danny Trejo was right about this all along… As you might've noticed earlier today in our article about Robert Rodriguez directing an eventual Predator reboot, the filmmaker is also finally going to make Machete, the full version of the "fake" trailer that he put together with Danny Trejo for Grindhouse in 2007. Rodriguez is eyeing a June start date in Austin for Machete, a film that is financed and produced by Overnight Productions, with Danny Trejo reprising his badass role. Rodriguez wrote the script and will direct the film with Ethan Maniquis, his longtime editor. It's about time this is finally going to get made!
In case you have forgotten, then damnit, you go put in your copy of Planet Terror on DVD and watch the Machete trailer again! But in all seriousness, as a reminder, Machete is about a Mexican ex-Federale (Trejo) with a gift for wielding dual blades, who hides out as a day laborer, but is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator and goes to get his vengeance. The slogan that Rodriguez used in the trailer was: "This time, they fucked with the wrong Mexican." Hopefully they'll be able to keep that in the marketing this time, because there's no better way to sell the movie than with that tagline alone. Bring on some Danny Trejo mayhem!