‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ TV Series in Development at New Network

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As the cable network TV landscape has continued to expand, the doors to all kinds of new content have opened up. These days, viewers and niche audiences can find anything to satisfy their content cravings, including perhaps the most carnivorous of all fan groups – horror lovers.

Fans have steadily been gobbling up True Blood, The Vampire Dairies and Teen Wolf , and there are plenty more helpings of horror on the way. Amazon is still deciding whether or not to order Zombieland to series and Scream is officially entering the pilot stage over at MTV. Now, we can add From Dusk Till Dawn to the growing list of projects in development.

According to Coming Soon, original From Dusk Till Dawn director Robert Rodriguez unveiled plans for the show this week, while also unveiling plans for an entire new cable network aimed at young-adult audiences called El Rey, which he has co-created, partnering with Univision Communications Inc. The English-language El Rey – which is set to premiere this December nation-wide with initial carriage via Comcast – would air From Dusk Till Dawn as its first scripted series.

Rodriguez, who is obviously heavily involved in getting the network off the ground, will be writing, producing and directing the From Dusk Till Dawn series himself. The show will expand on the story and characters from his original film, while providing a wider scope and richer Aztec mythology. There is no word on if any events from either of the two sequels will be mentioned, but since Rodriguez only served as producer on those projects, we’re going to safely assume the show won’t go there.

Robert Rodriguez From Dusk Till Dawn TV Series in Development at New Network

It certainly makes sense that Rodriguez would use an adaptation of one of his more popular young-adult targeted films as a launching pad for the network, but considering the source material is a bit thin to begin with, it’s hard to imagine the series being able to sustain a long run.

That’s not to say there was anything wrong with the original film. From Dusk Till Dawn was a big slice of melty, gooey B-movie cheese that seemed unhealthy but was oh-so-delicious at the same time. It served its purpose in providing a highly-entertaining, action-packed vampire movie, but for it to work as a series, it would have to take more time developing multi-layered characters that an audience could build a more substantial relationship with.

Rodriguez definitely has talent and a unique eye, but his work has always been less focused on telling stories with rich characters and more concentrated on wowing audiences with over-the-top action and humorous dialogue. As far as we know, he’s also never written his own TV show. So, consider us interested and hopeful, but not overly optimistic. We’ll have to see how this plays out.


If everything goes according to Rodriguez’s plan, From Dusk Till Dawn will premiere on El Rey this December.

Source: Univision (via Coming Soon)

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  1. Hmmm, exactly how does that TV series work? Every week a new victim family for the undead bar?

    From Dusk ’til Dawn was an awesome movie. But it’s sequels, as well as this show… all seem intent to beat a good idea to death.

    • @ Dr. Mindbender

      You sir, are EXACTLY right. The first movie was great. The sequels were bad, and how this would work on TV, I have no idea.

      Desperado, El Marichachi I could see those possible working on TV, but not Dusk til Dawn.

  2. Was this article worth reading? I couldn’t get past the picture of Salma Hayek. J/K…but honestly, in my young years, she’s the reason I watched this film. And I actually liked it, but not enough to tune into a weekly TV series…but I’m probably not the demographic they are looking for.

    I’m more intrigued into the idea of Rodriguez having his own cable network. Will there be a El Mariachi series? That’s the question on my mind. And will other directors follow suit? I’d like to see Ivan Reitman create his own network.

    • El Mariachi seems like a more plausible TV concept, not in content but as something that could carry week to week.

      And yeah… Salma Hayek? Please and thank you. Especially in this movie and Desperado.

      I once offered Baroness a chance to restructure her features and vocal chords with my molding-ray to look and sound exactly like Ms. Hayek. I thought she would be all for it, but when I proposed the idea she hit me in the balls and stormed off…

  3. I have one question … why?

  4. Robert Rodriguez has the aability of turning his good ideas into pile of s*** (El Mariachi was good but once upon a time in mexico was bad, fake machete trailer was good, machete movie sucks… this project will suck

  5. WOW! Not a single mention of the creator of the original film, Quentin f*cking Tarantino! It was the very first script Quentin ever wrote, back when he was a teenager. Is he producing? I don’t imagine Robert would cut him out since they’re bff’s.

    Also, there was one sequel, which was pretty terrible, but then a prequel starring Michael Parks as Ambrose Bierce that was actually pretty cool.

  6. You don’t know any further info about the project and start writing useless thoughts about what you don’t know. I’m waiting for everything which is connected with ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Universe. +stop overrating Tarantino, it’s kinda annoying