Though the jury is still out on whether or not Robert Rodriguez remaking his iconic 1996 film From Dusk Till Dawn for his recently launched El Rey television network is a good idea, no amount of fan trepidation is going to delay the arrival of the show, officially titled From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Set to run for ten episodes starting in March, From Dusk Till Dawn is by far the buzziest project that El Rey currently has going, and the directors involved should alone be enough to attract horror fans of every variety.
Recently, Entertainment Weekly revealed that Rodriguez has locked down Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez to film the pivotal eighth episode of the series. Though few details are known about the episode, it will feature lots of bloody violence going down inside the series’ main locale, a strip club habited by vampires.
Alvarez has been a very hot property ever since his intense and gory reboot of the Evil Dead franchise wowed both fans and critics (our own Matt Donato ranked the reboot #3 on his fantastic list of the best horror films from last year), so Rodriguez getting him on board is a pretty impressive accomplishment.
Other directors set to helm episodes of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series include Rodriguez (who wrote the pilot and is directing four installments), The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez (doing one episode), The Brothers Garcia helmer Joe Menendez (also doing one episode), and prolific TV director Nick Copus (Nikita, Supernatural), who will take on a currently unknown number of episodes.
The series stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as the infamous Gecko brothers, Robert Patrick as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo as Scott Fuller, Eiza Gonzalez as Santanico Pandemonium, and Don Johnson and Jesse Garcia as Texas Rangers Earl McGraw and Freddie Gonzalez.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is due to bow at South by Southwest on March 8. For those of us not lucky enough to make that event, the show debuts on El Rey on March 11.
Are you excited for this show, or is it a bad idea to revisit Rodriguez’s cult film? Let us know below!