'Machete Kills' Shoots This April with 'Sin City 2' to Follow This Summer

Robert Rodriguez is also set to launch Quickdraw Animation film studio with 'Heavy Metal', which now has a completed script.

Machete Kills shoots this April
Machete Kills shoots this April
Robert Rodriguez is an extremely busy man. Not only is he the featured guitarist in the band Chingon, whom recently performed at the SXSW Interactive Festival, he is also launching his own animation studio, Quickdraw Animation, his own Latino themed network El Rey, and he will direct two feature films before the year is over.

In April, Robert Rodriguez will reteam with Danny Trejo for the long talked about sequel Machete Kills. When that shoot wraps, the director plans to move directly into production on Sin City 2, with hopes of getting it in front of cameras before the end of summer.

No casting, other than Danny Trejo, has been announced for either project, with all plot details being kept under wraps. Robert Rodriguez does promise that the ensemble casts for both films will be of the same caliber seen in the originals, with quite a few unexpected surprises in store for fans.

On the animation front, Quickdraw Animation will be its own entity, separate from the filmmaker's own Troublemaker Studios. He has two feature films already in the planning stages, and the banner will likely launch with the debut of the long-gestating remake of Heavy Metal. The script of which is finally finished. The second movie is a family feature, which is also scripted and now in the storyboarding phase. Quickdraw Animation will be devoted mainly to making feature-length CG-animated films fully created by Robert Rodriguez's own in-house staff of roughly seven to eight people. All story and visual elements will be developed within Quickdraw before being shipped to a sister company for the animation finalization process.

The El Rey network will be primarily pointed towards the overlooked Latino male audience. Robert Rodriguez hopes that burgeoning talents in the independent film world will send in material to later be used on the channel, calling it the first "Cloud Network". This is what the director had to say about the upcoming platform.

"We need content! Go make stuff and send it! We'll be the first Cloud network. This is what we've been building up to do. To really step into more of a leadership position in the community to empower and help others. There's nobody really operating in that space. That's where the real growth is, in the Hispanic community. It's the largest, fastest-growing minority, but there's nothing really targeting them. There are 500 networks and none of them are doing anything in that area. So that's what I'm going for right there.

That's what's most needed culturally, too. You need to help not just reflect that identity but also shape that identity. Because if you ask any Latino, 'Are you Latino?' they might say, 'Well, I don't really speak Spanish, I'm not really American, I'm floating in between, and I'm not on TV, so I must not exist.' It would change people's view of themselves if they finally exist in this space."

Machete Kills was released October 11th, 2013 and stars Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demián Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was released August 22nd, 2014 and stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe. The film is directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez.



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  1. CUPID

    @ghostman Nah...

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  2. Ghostman

    @cupid Read the Sin City graphic novel and then see the film again, it'll change your mind.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  3. Alan Solares

    FINALLLY!!!

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  4. justatadmatt

    actually very excited for both, but sin city def wins this one out.

    3 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  5. BERSERKER

    About damn time this sequel finally gets moving, Sin City that is.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  6. The Knight Has Risen

    I want my second dose of Sin City now!

    3 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  7. CUPID

    Machete was crap and......Sin City was crap too so i really dont care about both these movies

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  8. Jimthar

    i'll believe in SC2 when i actually see a trailer for it. until then......

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  9. ejk1

    I'm happy for the SC2 news, but I'll believe it when it actually starts shooting.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Writer220

    Sin City 2 seems interesting but I have no interest in Machete Kills

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  11. Space101

    First good news of today....

    3 years agoby @space101Flag

  12. Jamie807

    I want Sin City 2 more, they better deliver!

    3 years agoby @Jamie807Flag

  13. TheDude1

    Can't wait for Sin City 2 and Machete Kills!!!

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  14. moviegeek

    Why a Machete sequel?? No interest there..

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  15. Ghostman

    Sin City 2?! this better not be a f*cking joke man!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag