Rodriguez Does “Machete”, “Predators”

“Sin City” helmer Robert Rodriguez is readying a bunch of film projects, among them is plans to relaunch the “Predator” franchise for 20th Century Fox reports Variety.

Rodriguez made the announcements yesterday at a press conference at his Texas-based Troublemaker Studios where he was on hand for the signing of a new state film incentive.

First up for him though is “Machete” for Overnight Productions, a feature film version of the blade-wielding antihero who appeared in a mock trailer that was part of “Grindhouse”.

Danny Trejo plays the Mexican ex-Federale with a gift for wielding a blade, who hides out as a day laborer, who is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator.

Filming on that kicks off in June in Austin with Ethan Maniquis co-directing.

Rodriguez has also scripted “Predators,” a film that will bring back the dreadlock-sporting alien hunter first seen in the acclaimed 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit “Predator”.

The creature returned in a weak sequel and two critically slammed “Alien vs. Predator” team-up films that nevertheless proved profitable. Bloody Disgusting first broke the news on that film a while back.

Rodriguez also plans to direct the futuristic action thriller “Nerveracker” which he penned for Dimension Films, a “Sin City” sequel, and a film based on the classic cartoon “The Jetsons”.