The original From Dusk Til Dawn film that came out in 1996 was an instant cult classic. Now Robert Rodriguez, who directed the original film, is bringing the From Dusk Til Dawn universe to TV on his own brand new El Rey network. The original film spawned two additional films. One was set just after the events that took place in the first film and one was a prequel that briefly looked at some of the Aztec mythology and culture that was referenced in the first film.
Rodriguez has said that he wants to incorporate even more of the mythology and ritual practices of the ancient Aztecs into the new TV show. Given the bloodthirsty nature of some of the ancient cultures in South America it’s entirely possible that a blood drinking cult could have been part of the fabric of the ancient world. From Dusk Til Dawn the TV show will bring back the leader of the ancient sect of vampires Santanico Pandemonium, who was played by Salma Hayek in the film version. In the TV show Santanico will be played by Eiza Gonzalez.
The TV show will also bring back the Gecko brothers Seth and Richie who will be played by D.J. Cotrona and Seth Holz. Both actors bear a little resemblance to the actors who played the original roles. George Clooney played Seth Gecko and Quentin Tarantino, who also wrote the film, played Richie. The Fullers, the family that Seth and Richie take hostage in order to get over the border in the original film, will also be in the TV show.
This is probably the best time for Rodriguez to bring a TV show like From Dusk Til Dawn to air. Right now horror TV shows are having a heyday and are generating massive ratings for small channels. When AMC took a chance on The Walking Dead it paid off for the network in a major way. Similarly From Dusk Til Dawn could be the show that puts the El Rey network on the map. Because the network is brand new it will need a big hit in order to get attention and make it a viable channel. From Dusk Til Dawn has all the elements that should create a smash hit.
The show has the benefit of the original director of the film directing and producing it, which will help maintain some continuity in the story. The show also has legions of fans of the films who will be curious to see what trouble the Gecko brothers will cause on TV. It will be interesting to see if the TV show can continue the humanization of Seth and Richie that made the original film interesting. Even though Seth and Richie were ruthless killers who had no problem killing anyone who got in their way the film showed their human sides a bit as well when they were bonding with the Fullers. Seth and Jacob Fuller seemed to get along so well by the end that it was easy to forget that Seth and Richie had kidnapped the family originally.
Even though it’s been nearly 20 years since the original film came out and only two other films in the franchise have been released there has been a graphic novel and other media that takes place in the From Dusk Til Dawn universe. A TV show seems like a good fit for the story of the Gecko brother and the vampires they encountered in a bar just across the Mexican border. Horror shows about vampires and zombies are very hot properties on TV right now. Crime shows always do well on TV. The newness of the El Rey network might be a problem when it comes to garnering large ratings for the show. But fans of the franchise will find a way to see the show even if they have trouble finding the network.
From Dusk Til Dawn will debut on TV in March 2014 and fans are eager to see what Robert Rodriguez has done with the beloved characters from the original film. One thing fans can be sure of is that it won’t be boring because life with the Gecko brothers is never boring.