"It is a space opera. It does take place in space. Machete has to go into space," Rodriguez confirmed. "It's so absurd but it makes sense. You've got to go somewhere new in a third part — why not go into space? It's going to be so fun. It's played straight. Remember 'Moonraker'? It's going to be like 'Machete' and 'Moonraker'.....You see him in a space shuttle," Rodriguez told us. "The bad guy escapes the planet. 'Part 3' has to take place in space. Space babes, a machete-shaped lightsaber. You gotta have it!"
While Robert's Troublemaker Studios produced Predators along with Planet Terror and the Spy Kids franchise having science fiction elements, he's never made a full-fledged sci-fi movie. Rodriguez had previously tried to make Barbarella and The Jetsons films but both got the ol' axe. He kept hope to jump into the genre even creating his own original sci-fi concept Nerveracker which was his ode to Blade Runner, that also didn't get traction.