FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES Starts Production with Robert Rodriguez Directing the First Two Installments; D.J. Cotrona and Don Johnson Star

     November 6, 2013


Although Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn spawned both a sequel and prequel film, the property is being reimagined for the small screen with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.  Production is underway on the ten-episode series, with the first two installments directed by Rodriguez himself.  The supernatural crime saga will debut on Rodriguez’s El Rey Network in the first quarter of 2014 (the network itself debuts this December).  The series stars D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Jesse Garcia (Sons of Anarchy) and Don Johnson (Django Unchained).  Hit the jump for more.

from-dusk-till-dawn-posterCheck out all the details in the press release below:


Maverick Filmmaker, Whose New Network Launches December 2013, to Direct First Two Installments of Scripted Series

Don Johnson to Recreate Memorable Role of Earl McGraw; Miramax Signs on as International Distributor of Highly-Anticipated Original

New York and Austin, TX – November 6, 2013 – El Rey Network in association with FactoryMade Ventures, today announced the production start of  “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the first scripted original to air on Robert Rodriguez’s new genre-busting cable network set to debut this December. Based on his cult classic film of the same name, the supernatural crime saga, hour-long series (which will premiere on El Rey Network in Q1 2014) began filming in Austin this week with Rodriguez set to direct the first two installments.

The 10-episode serialized drama, created, directed and executive produced by Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete, Desperado) and based on the 1996 cult classic he created with Quentin Tarantino, will feature a principal cast including: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, the role that famously launched the film career of George Clooney. Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) stars as Richie Gecko, and Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy) plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series. Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw. Other cast will be announced in the coming weeks.  Miramax, producing studio and distributor of the original film, is distributing the series internationally in all territories with the exception of Canada, China, India and UK.

Rodriguez said: “If the movie’s 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.”

Rodriguez is joined in the Executive Producer ranks by Carlos Coto (who is also showrunner); and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-foundersJohn Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.  Diego Gutierrez is writer and co-executive producer.  The gritty look and feel of the series will be brought to life by production designers Steve Joyner and Caylah Eddleblute, set designer Jeff Adams, director of photography Eduardo Mayén and costume designer Nina Proctor.  Special effects team will be spearheaded by Bob Trevino.

Based on the thrill-ride film, “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.

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is an El Rey Network production in association with FactoryMade Ventures.

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  • SomeGuy

    Very Interesting

  • Joe

    Very very interesting

  • Sean Chandler

    On Monday they filmed a scene a block away from where I work (in Hutto, Tx) at a local dinner. And they rented out my office space (ironically a church) for the crew to eat lunch. Unfortunately none of the big names came to eat with the crew. They renamed a local dinner called “The Texan” to “The Cowpoke Cafe.” If you head over to there is a picture of the cafe owner with Robert Rodriguez and Don Johnson. If you have any interest, I’m sure they would be willing to share.

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  • DNAsplitter

    This will be a great test to see if Rodriguez has any gas left in the tank. The guy hasn’t made a decent film since Sin City in ’05. I didn’t like the Grindhouse films, thought they were a great gimmick that would have played better in a 5 minute trailer instead of a bloated 2 hr movie. He even misfired w the kid friendly 4th Spy Kid film w Joel McHale – How do you fuck up with Joel McHale?!! This is the guy Fox needs to produce if not direct Deadpool. I’ve been saying it for a while now. It’s the perfect movie for his Troublemakers Studio. If he isn’t interested in directing then keep Tim Miller and hope that his talent is up to par. Fox just needs to get the ball rolling with it already.

    • The Flobbit

      I think he will be great again with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (I refuse to call it by it’s lukewarm, bullsh-t name – Sin City: A Dame to Die For). I mean, you can’t mess up with Brolin, Gordon-Levitt, Liotta, Green, Csokas, and such as brilliant star-studded cast.

      But really, Sin City 2 is LONG overdue. Get on it already, Robert.

      • DNAsplitter

        Yea I forgot about the sequel since they pushed the date back. And yea it’s bullshit about the name change. Hopefully it’s just a poster with a markerting logo and not the actual title to the film.

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