Fox Gets "Machete"

Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that 20th Century Fox has won the bidding war to distribute Robert Rodriguez's upcoming film "Machete" which is based on the tongue-in-cheek trailer that was created for Rodriguez' and Tarantino's "Grindhouse," staring Danny Trejo.

I met Danny when he was in Austin doing publicity for "Grindhouse." Super nice guy. It's good to see him getting more work, even if he's horribly typecast.

The story of how this film got shot in the first place is pretty interesting. Rodriguez financed the film outside of the typical studio system, begging and borrowing whatever he could scrape together to get it made. It's amusing because the budget is rumored to be around $30 million, and its all designed to look like a 70's grindhouse flick, which were usually made on next-to-nothing.

Yes, it's a joke of a movie, but it's got a hell of a cast including Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Steven Segal and Robert De Niro. I know it's going to be a bad flick (that's what they're shooting for) but I can't help but be interested in seeing this one.

Here's the trailer they created from "Grindhouse:"

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