Could Machete Kills be delayed due to legal issues?
While MACHETE KILLS has wrapped production and is slated for a Spring 2013 release, there may be some bumps in the road thanks to some recent legal action from producers, Overnight Productions. Overnight produced the 2010 original and own the rights to the character. In preparing for the sequel, Overnight made a new agreement in April of this year to allow Robert Rodriguez to film MACHETE KILLS.
According to Deadline, Overnight claims that earlier this month they were not provided with Texas tax credit information as required under the agreement with Rodriguez’s company. And then there is the matter of Schwartz’s fee. “Defendants have also failed and refused to provide the required budget information to Overnight Productions so that it can determine the producer fee owed with respect to the sequel”. The plaintiffs estimate that they are owed in excess of $250,000 in this aspect of their legal action. Overnight Productions has been involved in the making of films such as 2008’s The Lucky Ones and 2010′s Darren Aronofsky-directed Black Swan.
More than likely, this will be settled well before the movie hits theaters in 2013. Since we don't even have a firm release date yet, nothing is really affected. But, since Rodriguez has rights issues involved with this, you never know.