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Robert Rodriguez to direct first episodes of the From Dusk Till Dawn TV series

Nov. 6, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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As a big fan of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, I was incredibly disappointed in the direct to DVD sequels that followed it. Now, seventeen years later, Rodriguez himself is returning to direct the brand new FROM DUSK TILL DAWN television series on the El Rey Network. Rodriguez will helm the first two episodes of the reboot series that just started production and will air in the beginning of 2014.

We now have a plot description for the series along with the cast that will include the same characters portrayed by Tarantino and George Clooney in the original flick.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard Richie Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on an escape route to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family who they take hostage. Using the family RV to make a run for the Mexican border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is unknowingly populated by vampires, and forces them to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires.

The cast includes D.J. Cotrona (G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) as Seth Gecko, previously played by George Clooney. Zane Holtz (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER) as Richie Gecko, and Jesse Garcia (SONS OF ANARCHY) as the new character Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez. The biggest star in the project is Rodriguez/Tarantino alum Don Johnson taking over Michael Parks' role of Sheriff Earl McGraw. No mention on whether Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, or Danny Trejo's characters will appear in the series or whether the Titty Twister bar will be a locale in the story for more than the pilot.

Robert Rodriguez had this to say about the series:

"If the movies the short story, the series is the novel." He added: "We have assembled an amazing cast and crew, and viewers can expect to be part of a wild ride when the series premieres on El Rey Network next spring."

Correct me if I am wrong, but weren't the shitty second and third films there to expand the story in the same manner? I hope that with Rodriguez directly involved that this series will take off in a positive direction. I look forward to seeing it when it hits the airwaves next year.

Source: El Rey Network

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5:40PM on 11/07/2013

TARANTINO made the first one classic, RODRIGUEZ made it fun...

The original film was classic I saw it three times in one week that year. Started out as a Tarantino twisted road movie with psychopaths and turned (careful spoiler) into action horror goodness. I attribute it's creativity and originality to Quentin who wrote the script. No disrespect to Robert he brought his A game directing and scoring but the reason theres a franchise is because of Tarantino. Case in point the sequels/prequel that followed the original film were not good films. Why? no
The original film was classic I saw it three times in one week that year. Started out as a Tarantino twisted road movie with psychopaths and turned (careful spoiler) into action horror goodness. I attribute it's creativity and originality to Quentin who wrote the script. No disrespect to Robert he brought his A game directing and scoring but the reason theres a franchise is because of Tarantino. Case in point the sequels/prequel that followed the original film were not good films. Why? no Tarantino writing and bringing the quality cool. So that said heres hoping Rodriguez on his own can make a quality and fun series. Points against it for being Spanish language and not accessible to a wider audience (English language) network/cable wise. I mean why not From Dusk Til Dawn done Walking Dead caliber/quality? A missed opportunity?
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9:16AM on 11/07/2013
The third movie was a prequel...so not sure what they're going to do here. I'll still watch it...if only coz I'm intrigued as to how this will play out over a TV series. Will the night's event take place over a 6 episode season for instance...24 style? :o) Perhaps Ara Celi can do that dance for 3 of them...straight - I'm pretty sure no one will complain about filler episodes of that nature :o)
The third movie was a prequel...so not sure what they're going to do here. I'll still watch it...if only coz I'm intrigued as to how this will play out over a TV series. Will the night's event take place over a 6 episode season for instance...24 style? :o) Perhaps Ara Celi can do that dance for 3 of them...straight - I'm pretty sure no one will complain about filler episodes of that nature :o)
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3:16AM on 11/07/2013
Can they really stretch this idea into a full season? I kinda doubt it.
Can they really stretch this idea into a full season? I kinda doubt it.
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7:24PM on 11/06/2013

So it's a remake of a movie as a television series?

I could watch a very enjoyable 2 hr movie with a simple premise or I can watch a tv show that might go on for multiple seasons stretching the story as thin as possible? Hmmmm....
I could watch a very enjoyable 2 hr movie with a simple premise or I can watch a tv show that might go on for multiple seasons stretching the story as thin as possible? Hmmmm....
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6:37PM on 11/06/2013

Love this movie!!!

This movie was so much damn fun and had such great dialogue and fun characters. Just about the only thing that bothered me was the very end when they panned out to show the back of the bar was a giant temple type thing. Just imagine if Cloiney, Sex Machine and company had to battle throughout that entire temple filled with insane vampires...this should be cool, I would watch but I wouldn't expect anything more than mindless, campy fun.
This movie was so much damn fun and had such great dialogue and fun characters. Just about the only thing that bothered me was the very end when they panned out to show the back of the bar was a giant temple type thing. Just imagine if Cloiney, Sex Machine and company had to battle throughout that entire temple filled with insane vampires...this should be cool, I would watch but I wouldn't expect anything more than mindless, campy fun.
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