Things are moving steadily forward on Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills as Deadline reports that Mel Gibson is close to joining the cast and The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Rodriguez hopes to fully direct the sequel to the 2010 film (which he co-directed with Ethan Maniquis).
Gibson's potential role is currently undisclosed but his name has been rumored for some time.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, says that the current plan is to shoot the totality of the sequel himself but that, depending on scheduling with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, he may turn to another director for help.
"Thereís so much of it that I want to direct Iíll probably end up directing the whole thing,Ē Rodriguez said, ďBut if I have to step off, Iím going to try and shoot all of the actors and all of the main sequences. But itís such a fun movie, and it just came out even more fun than I could have imagined.Ē
Rodriguez had announced last summer that Machete Kills will include a Grindhouse style trailer for the third (at the moment fictional) entry in the franchise, Machete Kills Again... In Space!.
The new film is said to have Machete (Danny Trejo) teaming with the U.S. Government to take on a Mexican drug cartel and a James Bond-style villain who seeks world domination with a satellite weapon.
The original Machete also starred Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal and Michelle Rodriguez. At the moment, there is no confirmation of who else beyond Trejo might be returning.