Lawsuit Threatens to Kill 'Machete Kills'

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Well, this is inconvenient: Robert Rodriguez is being sued by the producers of Machete -- and the lawsuit could end up preventing the release of its upcoming sequel(s).

The problem, apparently, boils down to Rodriguez's alleged failure to provide certain tax information that is used to determine the fee collected by Machete producer Rick Schwartz and his Overnight Productions banner. It's kind of a boring disagreement, if you ask us -- we are talking about Machete, after all, and should therefore be able to reasonably expect a story about hermaphrodite nuns wielding sawed-off shotguns or something.

Alas. In any event, Schwartz maintains he's owed more than $250,000, and Overnight is looking to revoke Rodriguez's right to film a sequel -- which is a major problem for Rodriguez, who seems to be pretty far along in development for Machete Kills, and is reportedly making plans to extend the franchise into a trilogy. The current plot synopsis is as follows:

Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen) for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man - he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

Did you read that? Charlie Sheen as the President of the United States. For the love of all that's cheesy and ill-advised, someone needs to settle this lawsuit before the B-movie enthusiasts of the world lose a golden opportunity to see a master in action.

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