[TV] Robert Rodriguez Talks About Returning To From Dusk Till Dawn Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.03.2014
The new TV series coming soon...
In an interview with Shock Till You Drop, Robert Rodriguez spoke about his new series From Dusk Till Dawn, will debuts on the El Rey Network on March 11. Here are highlights:
On expanding the film into a series: This only takes into account the first film, the Quentin Tarantino script. Taking that script and treating it as if that was a short story and this series is a novel. So, we're expanding characters and expanding the storyline. Adding new characters, adding different trajectories and different outcomes for characters and a bunch of new stuff. In Quentin's script for instance, they went to a bar in Mexico but Mexico wasn't really taken into account. When I read the script the first time I said I wanted to research the Aztec and Mayan mythologies, if there's anything similar to the vampire cult that we could base the mythology on – that's where the snake iconography came from and the end of the movie with the temple in the back. There wasn't a whole lot of room, the way the original script was written, to put a bunch of stuff in. I wanted to hint there was a little more there and people really liked that last shot. It was a seed I planted without knowing it. And years and years later, when I got my own network, I thought the first show we should do was From Dusk Till Dawn because it was a fan favorite and a known title.
It was such a known network, I needed to find something that would entice people to see the network out. It just felt there was so much that could be explored. You could look at that pyramid in the movie and imagine what was going on in there for a television series. We needed to tell the story that's in the movie in order to get to that point. So, about the first half of the season, there are some sign posts from the movie, but different things happen. By the second half of the season, you're in new territory, you don't know where you are. It's drifted from the original story a lot in cool ways."
On what Quentin Tarantino thought: "He liked the whole idea of the network. We control the rights to From Dusk Till Dawn so nobody could ever make it into a show. He felt this was the right time to do it and he knew I was into it. He was working his film and he gave his blessing on it for me to go do it. He loved the whole idea of turning it into a series and expanding it. The whole season takes place "from dusk till dawn" and in that timeline. He's been seeing the materials and he's really excited about it."
On the vampires' appearance: "The original script was written because Quentin was given an assignment by a special FX make-up guy who wanted to showcase their FX on a low budget movie – this was before Reservoir Dogs. So, they hired him to write this script about a couple of robbers who show up at a Mexican bar and it turns out to be a bar full of vampires and they had different creatures to showcase the FX. Quentin ended up liking those characters so much, he wrote the first half to showcase the character work and the second half they finally get to the bar. [laughs] Nobody could understand why half of it was one kind of movie and why the other half was a vampire movie. But that's what gave it that charm. This one, the creatures make a lot more sense to the story we're telling. The cult we're telling has its own mythology and that's what we're really building up and decided to tackle."