Machete Kills Producers Sue Texas Film Commission
A lawsuit filed by the producers of Machete Kills accuses the Texas Film Commission of violating the producers' First Amendment rights by denying tax breaks usually granted to films made in Texas.
Machete may kill, but he also has to pay taxes.
Per the Courthouse News, the suit claims that the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 Machete was "'perceived as glorifying the role of a Mexican Federale (Mexican Federal Police Officer) and sympathizing with immigrants,'" and the commission was concerned with 'political fallout' if it provided public support."
The story also states that "The production company [claims] that statutory provisions permitting the commission to deny incentives based on 'offensive' and 'anti-Texas' content are invalid because such content-based criteria violate the First Amendment" and the Texas Constitution.
The producers claim in the suit that the production would have created "531 Texas jobs, and spend almost $10 million in Texas," according to the story.
Frankly, we feel the producers could have declared the whole project a 501c3 non-profit and written off all the costs, seeing as how the movie charitably threw a bone to Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Regardless of how the suit turns out, we guess this means "Machete III: The Spawning" (err, "Machete Kills Again...in Space!) will probably not be made in the Lone Star state.