Netflix and Miramax have announced that Netflix has acquired the new Robert Rodriguez TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn” as a Netflix exclusive for its subscribers in Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Nordic European territories and the UK where it will air starting March 12, with Latin America beginning a week later on March 19.
Netflix will make subsequent episodes available internationally on a weekly basis.
The ten-episode “From Dusk Till Dawn” skein, based on the Rodriguez cult classic, will preem in the U.S. on March 11 on Rodriguez’s own El Rey Network available on Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable.
The pilot will preem at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in its new episodic section dedicated to smallscreen shows.
The skein, which marks Rodriguez’s first foray into serialized drama, is set along the Mexico-US border where bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard ‘Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz) shoot their way south after a bank heist in Abilene, Texas.
The ten episodes take place over the course of one night, following the brothers as they try to evade a pair of Texas rangers, Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia). Along the way, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor, Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family. The Geckos take them hostage and steal their RV to cross the border. Chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club populated by vampires. With the law, the undead and some of Mexico’s most hardened criminals on their trail, the group must fight until dawn to get out alive.
“We’re thrilled to premiere ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series’ exclusively in our international markets,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Robert Rodriguez is an amazing storyteller and we think our members will love his thrill-ride TV adaptation of the cult-classic.”
Robert Rodriguez, who is Chairman and Founder of El Rey Network, said: “I am excited about working with Netflix and Miramax to build an international audience for our series. This property has always resonated for viewers around the globe and we believe that it will be just as relevant for this new generation of fans.”
Rodriguez, who directed and executive produced the 1996 cult-classic film written by Quentin Tarantino, has directed four of the ten episodes of the TV adaptation. The skein is an El Rey Network production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures and Miramax. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (also the showrunner) and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey co-founders, John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Diego Gutierrez is writer and co-executive producer.