Last night was the premiere of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” on El Rey Network. While promoting the show, Robert Rodriguez had some pretty interesting things to say about it and the movie it’s based on. Read on for that plus the full Q&A from the Alamo Drafthouse screening event.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Rodriguez revealed that he feels the series is an even stronger piece of entertainment than the film due to the slow-burn approach of TV storytelling and the fact that we’re already familiar with the characters and situations.
“The series is a crime saga with supernatural elements so you have to feel that from the very beginning, but it works much better because it’s the novel version so there are ties,” he said. “Everyone’s supposed to get to that bar. Everyone’s destined to get there, and when they get there, because they don’t even get there until like halfway through the season, it’s so emotional when you get there, and you know what’s gonna happen and you know that everyone’s tied to it and it’s their destiny. Even the girl who comes out with the snake means so much now because you’ve gotten glimpses of her already. It’s really powerful, and I really like this version more than the film.”
He also talked about the genesis of the project, which has allowed him to expand on ideas he once only dreamed of expanding upon.
“Really early on, I just thought this would be a really great show to do, said Rodriguez. “Ever since we finished the movie, there’s a last shot that I put in that wasn’t in the script where the camera pulls back and you see that the bar was on top of an Aztec temple. People always loved that tease, thinking, ‘Is there a sequel that’s gonna follow this up,’ and we never did. And I’ve had that matte painting on my wall for 18 years, and I always thought, ‘I wanna do something with that.’ I didn’t know what. I didn’t know it’d be TV until I got this network.”
In the first two videos below Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League conducts a live Q&A with filmmaker and El Rey Network Founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez and the cast of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.”
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