By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 21, 2012 at 1:18PM
Machete may not text, but he might need a lawyer. Legal papers are now flying over Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" with a lawsuit brewing that could potentially halt the release of the film. But probably not.
Anyway, producers Overnight Productions apparently had the rights to "Machete" but made an agreement with Rodriguez's Quickdraw Productions to move ahead with a sequel. As you know, the film is now wrapped, and Open Road has picked it up for 2013 release. But Overnight says they haven't been provided with key materials, including paperwork on the budget of the movie (which determine's the producer fee) and tax credit info, and they're seeking $2 million in damages as well as termination of their agreement. That would put "Machete Kills" back in their hands and presumably heavily complicate any kind of release next year.
Now, is "Machete Kills" really in danger of being shelved? We doubt it. Producers like to make money and a movie sitting in a closet is lost income. Something tells us a settlement will probably make this thing go away and all will be fine in the end. [Deadline]