From Dusk till Dawn TV Series?


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Robert Rodriguez Developing A FROM DUSK TILL DAWN TV Series
Univision has announced a new partnership with Rodriguez's El Rey Network, and the first show to be produced will be a spin-off from the insane vampire flick which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. Read on for more..
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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 5/15/2013
Another tv spin-off on the way, this time it's a show based on Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn -- although the series will seemingly drop the "From". If you haven't seen the original movie, it's a sporadically successful mix of crime thriller and horror flick, featuring a pretty unforgettable dance-cum-bloodbath scene with Salma Hayek. It spawned various comic books and a couple of straight to DVD sequels. Below is the press release from Univision, which also reveals that the network will produce an unnamed show developed by producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's K/O Paper Products.

Univision Communications Inc. announced today plans for the El Rey Network, a new general entertainment, English-language cable network geared towards young-adult audiences and created by renowned American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. The network will launch in December 2013 and have nation-wide distribution with initial carriage via Comcast.

Chairman Robert Rodriguez — who has been named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics and has directed films such as Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, The Faculty, Spy Kids,Machete and Sin City — unveiled the plans for the new network and showcased one of its slated programs today at Univision’s 2013 Upfront presentation in New York.

As the lead curators of content for El Rey Network, Rodriguez and FactoryMade will cultivate a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, music and sports programming. El Rey Network will provide English-language programming and will include action content that boldly features — or is created, produced or directed by – high-caliber talent, celebrities and public figures. Univision Communications will be responsible for the back office operations, sales and distribution of the network. Financial details for the agreement were not disclosed.

“Our partnership in El Rey Network is a testament to Univision’s culture of innovation, the power of our brand to live in both languages, and our constant quest to ensure we remain the ultimate resource for all Hispanics’ tastes and preferences. As we continue to grow, evolve and expand into new frontiers, Univision remains the one and only gateway to U.S. Hispanic audiences,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “We are pleased to partner with Robert, FactoryMade and the teams at El Rey Network to launch a new network to serve one of the most influential, rapidly growing audiences in America – young Hispanics. Today at our upfront, we spoke about Univision’s unparalleled brand connection and showcased our world-class content offerings across our multiplatform portfolio, as well as our firm commitment to providing Latinos with the best in-culture programming available.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Univision on this groundbreaking initiative to deliver high-quality original programming to our community and the wider, mainstream audiences,” said Rodriguez. “El Rey Network will serve as a launching pad to satisfy the tastes of young adults looking for exciting, cinematic, action-packed content. As a broadcast leader in media, Univision is the best partner to support us in achieving this vision.”

Added FactoryMade CEO John Fogelman and co-CEO Cristina Patwa: “Univision’s investment in the network is a ringing endorsement of the strength of El Rey Network’s strategy and its potential not just through television, but also through social and mobile platforms. El Rey will offer a slate of visionary talent, adventurous stories and iconic characters that will entertain, engage and relate to younger audiences.”

At Univision’s upfront presentation, Rodriguez unveiled the first original scripted production for El Rey Network. Based on the hit action/horror franchise from Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, "From Dusk Till Dawn," the series will be written, produced and directed by Rodriguez. It will explore and expand on the characters and story from the original film, providing a wider scope and richer Aztec mythology.

In addition, Rodriguez announced that K/O Paper Products, the television and film production company founded by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will produce a scripted, action adventure series for El Rey Network, which will start development at the end of June. Kurtzman and Orci are the writers and producers of blockbuster movies such as Star Trek, Transformers as well as broadcast shows such as "Fringe," "Hawaii Five-O" and the upcoming "Sleepy Hollow". The duo plans to announce a showrunner later this summer.

“Robert, Alex and Roberto exemplify the types of show creators that will ultimately set El Rey Network apart. We are honored to pave the way for their unprecedented debut into cable,” said the network’s Vice Chairman Scott Sassa.

The two original scripted shows are being developed as a part of the network’s co-financing pact with Reliance-backed television studio Georgeville Television and will be produced in Austin, Texas, home of Rodriguez’ 26-acre studio facilities. Georgeville, founded by Motion Picture Capital and Reliance, will be co-producing scripted programming for El Rey in a $250 million deal announced two months ago.

“As an independent studio, we were already thrilled to partner with El Rey Network on these series — we have been receiving tremendous interest in these shows internationally on multiple windows, given the filmmaker-driven stature and high-quality content of the series selection. El Rey’s partnership with Univision only strengthens our combined ability to bring more A-list content to a wider audience,” said Georgeville Television founders Marc Rosen and Leon Clarance.​


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I think the 2 sequels proved there was exactly 1 movie's worth of material in this concept.


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I think the 2 sequels proved there was exactly 1 movie's worth of material in this concept.
And if you want to get technical, even that was two half-movies.

Robert Rodriguez is so overrated.


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And if you want to get technical, even that was two half-movies.

Robert Rodriguez is so overrated.
I remember watching it with my Dad . . . when the story took that turn, the utter look of "WTF just happened?" on his face was hilarious.


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I imagine it's look like a cheap piece of shit, like Rodriguez's recent movies.

I remember when they guy used to make his movies look more expensive than they were.

I guess he just thinks now that if you just throw a huge roster of name actors at the screen people will ignore the shitty production values.


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The whole trying to tie it together with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs infuriates me. It looks like shit...


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If Don Johnson's in it then it's gotta be good.

Atleast it'd be good HitW material


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My favorite part of the trailer is the two no-name D-listers trying to do their Clooney and Tarantino impressions, and failing.


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Anyone watch it? I was watching, but lost interest as it's just a slow rehash of the movie.


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I just finished episode #2. Not terrible, not great. Seems they're retelling the movie, but tying in some weird supernatural shit with Richie having visions & leaving marks all over the place. I'll stick around for a few more episodes, see if it turns a corner toward good.
I watched the first episode and thought it was terrible. The dialogue was corny, the acting was awful, and Wilmer Valderama should be blacklisted.

After the whole taken hostage/standoff thing, the girls just fucking walk out like nothing happened? They were bound, in fear for their lives, and just witnessed two people get
brutally murdered.

The flashback scenes made the episode feel disjointed, and were largely unnecessary.

Could the Mexican Texas Ranger have gone on a little longer about 46.02? Christ.

WV is obviously a tough, hardened criminal, and they really wanted to get that point across with the constant examination of all the evil shit he had at his warehouse. Were there men in there bleaching bones? Is there a lot of money to be made in the bleached bone industry? Also, the casting of WV into this role is so terrible I can't even take the character seriously.


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So, five episodes in and they finally reach the titty twister. Jesus, this is the movie, told over ridiculous amounts of boring back story. I'm still watching, but losing hope fast.


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The border crossing episode was the first one that started to piss me off. Knocking out and stashing the guy in the car in front of them - I get that they're on the right side, so everyone's vision is blocked, but come on. When there's an accident and the guy gets out angry, you're going to have dozens of eyes on you. Then the the angry driver disappears and some kid gets behind the wheel 10 minutes later. Boo. Ranger guy knocking out the cop in the side room. There's a bunch of cops in the office, he's in the doorway to it and yells "don't move!" then from out of that room sneaks the guy they just took into custody, heading for the exit, and no one thinks to stop him. I guess it was written "creates a distraction and gets out" and that's where they ended up going with it. Jesus christ those are some bad police instincts. It was meant to be a balls out, tense action, barely making it into old mexico cowboy feeling episode, and wow did it fail at that.

Still love the fact that it's a drawn out version of the movie. That in itself puts it in the "better than 99% of whats out there" category. The acting isn't great but doesn't bother me. I guess I'm lucky I never watched 70s show because the vampire guy is fine. The Clooney mimicing obviously was a bad idea, but I only truly hated it once: "winner winner chicken dinner" was douchefreezing.


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So the "Pussy pussy, we got all kinda pussy" scene was so watered down, and lame as shit. No Cheech = nobody should have tried to riff on it. SUCKED!

Ugh... Jake Busey, Sex Machine? REALLY? Just kill me now.
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preachers daughter reminds me of a younger juicier Lindsey Lohan before she turned into drug and alcohol riddled mess.