Deadline Hollywood, an invaluable website full of inter-agency wrangling that I have no wish to understand, is reporting a major shakeup with Robert Rodriguez’s new film, MACHETE KILLS.
Overnight Productions is cutting ties with Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions over the rights to the new film, the sequel to 2009’s unbelievably awesome MACHETE. They have filed a complaint of breach of contract and declaratory relief against Quick Draw. In the filing, they claim that Rodriguez’s camp did not meet one of the conditions agreed upon (namely, the Texas Tax Credit info) nor did they give adequate budget information so the producers can figure out what their percentage is. Why should you care? Because if successful, Overnight could block MACHETE KILLS from being released.
MACHETE KILLS is the second in the proposed MACHETE trilogy. Like the original, it features an eclectic cast. The new cast includes: Amber Heard, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vargera, Alexa Vega (pictured and WOWEE-WOW-WOW!), Vanessa Hudgens, William Sadler, Antonio Bandera, Cuba Gooding Jr., Edward James Olmos, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga. Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez also reprise their roles from the original.
Overnight is seeking upwards of $2 million in damages and the rights would revert back to the production company if a judge sees things their way.
This is not the first time something like this has happened. Usually, things get resolved, but not without a lot of legal trouble and some possible payouts. In truth, the chances of MACHETE KILLS just rotting on a shelf are slim. However, this suit could put a significant delay in its Spring 2013 release if things aren’t settled soon.