“From Dusk Till Dawn” TV Series to Be Produced
The El Rey Network — an English-language television and digital network founded by Robert Rodriguez — has announced that production has begun on a TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, the 1996 film directed by Rodriguez and written by Robert Kurtzman and Quentin Tarantino, who starred alongside George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, and Salma Hayek.
Rodriguez will direct the first two episodes of the series. The series has been greenlit for 10 episodes, and recasts the Seth and Richard Geko roles (originally played by Clooney and Tarantino) with D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz, adding Jesse Garcia to play a new character, Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez. Don Johnson joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw, played in the original by Michael Parks.
A press release described the series as such:
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.