Director Robert Rodriguez has created countless films since he began his career with acclaimed indie El Mariachi back in 1992. That filmed ultimately evolved into a trilogy with Antonio Banderas taking over the lead role, and the director has also delivered the Spy Kids, Machete and Sin City movie franchises.
However, Rodriguez had never attempted a television series until now. This spring, he’s launching his El Rey network, and its first original program is none other than a series adaptation of one of his more underrated big-screen projects, the 1996 action/horror film From Dusk Till Dawn. That film – which was a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, who wrote the script – starred George Clooney and Tarantino as brothers and criminals on the run to Mexico.
Now, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at a teaser for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (see above), along with a poster featuring Eiza González as the villainous Satánico Pandemonium (the temptress originally played by Salma Hayek). The full poster image is below.
González certainly looks the part of the demonic dancer in the image, and the footage confirms previous reports that this series will kick off essentially as a retelling of the original film. Rodriguez has said that From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series aims to expand the mythology merely hinted at in the film (which spawned two direct-to-video sequels). However, it’s difficult to tell where the show may lead judging solely by this teaser, aside from the addition of a more balanced portrayal of cops versus robbers.
Whereas the film focused almost exclusively on the infamous Gecko Brothers (played on the show by D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz), the series will likely show new character Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) as he pursues the Geckos and may even keep Sheriff Earl McGraw (a character originated by Michael Parks; played here by Don Johnson) around for a bit longer. How the story will play out once the Geckos cross the border, thanks to former preacher Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, remains to be seen.
No one can blame Rodriguez for mining his filmography for future projects. After all, he’s been known to do it time and again (Spy Kids 4, anyone?). Yet, considering that the show’s pilot appears to be a straight-up remake of From Dusk Till Dawn, the series opens itself up to harsh criticism and comparison to the film that inspired it, a move that could risk alienating longtime fans.
With his latest film (Machete Kills) proving a box office disappointments last year and interest in the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For not as high as it once was, Rodriguez already has a lot to prove to fans. Here’s hoping that From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series lives up to expectations.
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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series debuts on the El Rey Network on March 11.