Rodriguez to Turn "Grindhouse" Trailer into Feature Film

by | March 12, 2007 | Comments

While discussing "Grindhouse" with lucky fans at SXSW, Robert Rodriguez revealed that one of the movie’s fake trailers will soon become a full-length feature film, starring Danny Trejo as a motorcycle-riding badass named Machete.

While the Machete character only appears between the split feature films in "Grindhouse," Rodriguez is clearly excited to give the knife-wielding, leather-clad character more screen time.

From IGN Movies: "It’s an idea I came up with back during ‘Desperado,’" said Rodriguez. ‘When I met Danny, I said, ‘This guy should be like the Mexican Jean-Claude Van Damme or Charles Bronson, putting out a movie every year and his name should be Machete.’


Danny Trejo as Machete (click for more flipbook images)

According to Rodriguez, the film will likely go direct-to-video stateside (fans, start lobbying for theatrical release now!), they have a script, and he’ll at least partially direct the flick himself.

IGN Movies reports the announcement from SXSW, where Rodriguez also spilled a handful of "Grindhouse" spoilers and filming techniques he and Quentin Tarantino employed in their joint homage to exploitation cinema, coming next month.

In case you haven’t seen the awesome trailers yet, "Grindhouse" is a double-bill of shoot ’em up action chock full of femme fatales, killer cars, and zombies; Rodriguez’s half is a killer plague flick called "Planet Terror," while Tarantino’s "Death Proof" promises a trio of hot Texas girls and Kurt Russell as a muscle car-driving loner named Stuntman Mike.

Source: IGN Movies

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