From Dusk til Dawn comes to TV for Rodriguez' El Rey network launch

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 08-11-2013

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will become the first scripted original TV show to air on Robert Rodriguez's El Rey cable network, set to debut in December.

The supernatural crime saga – an hour-long series which will premiere in Q1 2014 – began filming in Austin this week, with Rodriguez set to direct the first two instalments.

The ten-episode serialised 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 DJ Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, the role that famously launched the film career of George Clooney.

The show is centred around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard 'Richie' Gecko, who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw and Freddie Gonzalez 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.

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."