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'From Dusk Till Dawn' animated series in the works says Robert Rodriguez

By Kara Santos Published Jan 21, 2021 1:26 am

Fans of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 vampire horror cult classic, From Dusk Till Dawn, might be excited to learn that there’s a new animated series in the works set in the same universe. 

As reported by Games Radar, The Sin City and El Mariachi director exclusively revealed to SFX Magazine that he's developing an animated version of the fim, while talking about how his live-action television series came about.

The director, known for shooting and producing many of his films in Mexico and in his home state of Texas, founded his own cable television network, El Rey, in December 2013.

"Over here, I have my own television network [El Rey]. So I had a television network here. And I needed to create programming, so Quentin [Tarantino] and I still control the rights to it. So I went, 'Oh, wow, I'd love to expand the story of Santánico Pandemonium, and the whole Aztec vampire lore for my network,'" Rodriguez told SFX.

“And then internationally it was just put out as a Netflix original, I think is probably how you saw it. But here it was an original series for my television network, action television network called El Rey, which is, you know, the place they're trying to get to at the end of Dusk till Dawn so it fits perfectly [laughs]. That was originally why we did it, so we did three seasons of that."

The original film From Dusk Till Dawn, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this 2021, follows a pair of American criminal brothers who take a family as hostages in order to cross into Mexico, but find themselves trapped in a saloon frequented by vampires. It featured an all-star cast including George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, and Tarantino himself. 

Meanwhile, the television series, which ran for three seasons from 2014 to 2016, based on the film directed by Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino, expanded on the chronicles of the Gecko Brothers, Seth and Richie; The Fuller family; and Santanico Pandemonium.

“And now we're looking towards, we're developing an animated Dusk till Dawn. You’re the first person to hear that!" Rodriguez told SFX. 

According to Rodriguez, rather than being a remake of the movie, the animated series “will follow in the footsteps of the live-action show and further explore the world of Aztec vampires.”

There's currently no release date or any other information available yet regarding the animated series.

Rodriguez latest project, We Can Be Heroes, is currently streaming on Netflix.

(Images via Dimension Films)