Variety is reporting Robert Rodriguez is taking the Machete trailer from his Grindhouse film, and turning it into a feature length movie.  Danny Trejo will play the lead character, with Rodriguez expected to start filming in June.

Machete is a Mexican ex-Federale with a gift for wielding a blade, who hides out as a day laborer, who is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator.

In addition to that bit of news, Variety also reports that the producer/director/editor/graphic artist/musician/grip/gaffer/catterer/fill in any other job Rodriguez does himself here has written the script for the relaunch of the Predator series for 20th Century Fox.  This I find really interesting, because the last round of Aliens vs. Predator didn’t totally suck balls, and in fact made quite a bit of money for the studio.

For now it looks like Rodriguez is only writing the Predator script.

via Variety

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  1. Salieri
    April 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    See, what I like is that this could now be seen as a spinoff prequel to Rodriguez’ kid’s trilogy featuring the character. In fact, you could start with Uncle Machete sitting down with Carmen & Juni to tell the story of what he got up to in the years since their parent’s wedding…

  2. Armin
    April 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    This guy has yet to make a movie that doesn’t do it for me, I pretty much love everything he did. Except Spy Kids 3 and that other 3D crap that is. I was so bored with Death Proof after that awesome Zombie flick hommage that Planet Terror was. I only hope that he’ll find some time for Sin City 2 and 3 soon.

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