During a recent presentation to TV critics, El Rey announced premiere dates for new installments of â€œThe Directorâ€™s Chairâ€ as well as when production kicks off on Season Two of â€œFrom Dusk Till Dawn.â€
From the Press Release:
El Rey Network plans to debut two new and exciting installments of â€œEl Rey Network Presents: The Directorâ€™s Chair,â€ a series of hour-long specials featuring the industry’s most notable directors engaging in a revealing and unexpected exchange about the world of filmmaking.
Premiering Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM ET/PT, El Rey Network Founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez sits down with longtime friend and Oscar nominated director Guillermo del Toro to discuss his journey from artist to director/producer. From groundbreaking Panâ€™s Labyrinth to Hellboy to Pacific Rim to his upcoming series “The Strain,” Del Toro reveals the madness behind his monsters.
In August, Rodriguez explores the world of cinema with frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino. Airing in two installments (Vol. 1 premieres Wednesday, August 13, at 9 PM ET/PT; Vol. 2 on Wednesday, August 27, at 9 PM ET/PT), the two discuss Tarantinoâ€™s film career through the lens of their 20-year friendship, using never-before-seen personal footage to discuss topics from screenwriting and camera placement to Spaghetti Westerns and Kung Fu.
Rodriguez said: â€œThese are engaging conversations that shed light on the minds of todayâ€™s greatest filmmakers. Both Guillermo and Quentin have a deep and abiding love of cinema, and that made our dialogue both revealing and entertaining. It is a privilege to have a forum like â€˜The Directorâ€™s Chairâ€™ to share our passion and give viewers an inside look at the creative process.â€
â€œEl Rey Network Presents: The Directorâ€™s Chairâ€ is produced by Troublemaker Studios and Skip Film in association with FactoryMade Ventures. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Skip Chaisson, John Fogelman, and Cristina Patwa.
In addition, the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguezâ€™s â€œFrom Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,â€ the networkâ€™s first scripted drama, will start production in Austin (home to Rodriguezâ€™s Troublemaker Studios) beginning October 2014.
Returning are all the leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, and Eiza Gonzalez. Season Two will be comprised of 13 hour-long episodes (three additional as compared to Season One), allowing fans to sink their teeth into a supernatural series described as a â€œfascinating rideâ€ with â€œraw nerve and witty dialogue.â€
In addition to its berth on El Rey Network, the franchise is available exclusively on Netflix in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Nordics, the Netherlands, and Latin America with Season One becoming available on the service in the U.S. on August 19. Other international territories where the series is available include Australia, China, and the Middle East.
Scott Sassa, El Rey Networkâ€™s Vice Chair, commented on the deal: â€œReimagining this franchise for television viewers was the perfect foundation for the launch of El Rey. Our distribution partnerships have allowed us to broaden the reach of this anchor series and give fans the perfect opportunity to catch up before Season Two hits the air next year.â€
Rodriguez added: â€œBeing able to revisit the world of â€˜Duskâ€™ and expand on the story and characters from the film was incredibly gratifying, and I am thrilled that our fans across the globe will have the opportunity to experience that world through our relationship with Miramax. I look forward to creating an unexpected and compelling narrative for our characters in Season Two and giving our fans the kind of content they have come to expect from El Rey.â€
â€œFrom Dusk Till Dawn: The Seriesâ€ is an El Rey Network production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, Miramax, and Sugar Cane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (also showrunner), Diego Gutierrez (also writer), and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.
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