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Rodriguez Adds Machete to Weapons Holster

Robert Rodriguez, in addition to rebooting the PREDATOR franchise, will co-direct MACHETE, per VARIETY, about a blade-wielding anti-hero who appeared in one of the mock trailers for GRINDHOUSE.

Overnight Productions will finance and produce, with Danny Trejo to star as the title character. Rodriguez wrote the script and will co-direct with his longtime editor Ethan Maniquis. Producers are Rodriguez, Rick Schwartz of Overnight and Aaron Kaufman.

Rodriguez is also supposed to direct his futuristic action script NERVERACKER for Dimension Films for a 2010 release date.

ERC BOX OFFICE reports that Fox has given PREDATOR a July 7, 2010 release date.

-- By News Editor Annemarie Moody