After intense audience demand over the years, Robert Rodriguez addresses the possibility of a Machete in Space movie. Played by Danny Trejo, the character of Machete debuted in the Spy Kids franchise and returned in a fake trailer within Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 Grindhouse double-feature. Due to fan demand, Rodriguez expanded the fake trailer into an actual film, Machete, which was released in 2010 and followed by a sequel, Machete Kills, in 2013. That included another fake trailer for Machete Kills Again… In Space, which audiences also want to see expanded into a feature film.
During a recent appearance at the SXSW Film Festival to promote his new film Hypnotic, Rodriguez addressed the possibility of Machete in Space in an interview with Deadline Hollywood.
Several times during his response, the director seemed open to the possibility of making Machete in Space to satisfy audience demand, saying “we have to do it” and “we have to give it to them.” Read Rodriguez’s full response below:
That’s why I put a fake trailer for that on Machete 2 to kind of satisfy [fans], this is pretty much what it would look like, but you can see it in two minutes rather than two hours. And it never satisfies them, so we have to do it. But you know, the original was just a fake trailer on Grindhouse… [Fans] would bug us for years, “When’s that movie coming out?” I said, “It was a fake trailer.” “No, but it looked real! When is it coming out?” So we got to make it for them. It wasn’t meant to be a film, the audience just wanted it. So we have to give it to them. When someone wants something that bad, we never had that with any movie before. Now everyone’s still “Machete in Space!” You can’t give ’em enough.
Will Machete in Space Actually Happen?
Though Rodriguez says he included the fake trailer for Machete in Space during Machete Kills to satisfy audience demand, he recognizes that satisfaction has not been met, and seems open to expanding it into a feature-length film. However, there are a few obstacles that could stand in the way of making such an absurd project happen. The first would be Rodriguez’s busy schedule, as the director is currently promoting his new film Hypnotic starring Ben Affleck, and also has Spy Kids: Armageddon in post-production and We Can Be Heroes 2 in development.
If Rodriguez does carve out some time to make Machete in Space, he might, unfortunately, run into some trouble getting the preposterous project financed. The last film, Machete Kills, was a critical and commercial flop that failed to recoup its budget at the box office. The first Machete film made the unlikely rise from a fake trailer to a fully-fledged feature film, so if Rodriguez is serious about satisfying fan demand, Machete in Space could be on a similar trajectory.
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Source: Deadline Hollywood/Twitter