The original From Dusk Till Dawn was a strange beast of a movie. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, written by and starring Quentin Tarantino along with George Clooney and Harvey Keitel, it was part western gangster movie, part… well, something completely different. (I’m not going to say any more, because the “twist” is quite significant.) It’s one of those movies that really didn’t do that well upon its initial release, but whose stature in cult circles has grown over the years, along with, of course, the rising popularity of its creators.
And, yes, I’m happy to admit that it’s pretty high on my “guilty pleasures” list.
All of which makes me quite curious as to just how Rodriguez plans to take that movie and make a series out of it. There are, quite obviously, a number of routes that could be taken here, but the question remains whether any of them can really sustain the impact that is packed into the feature film. Especially since it’s apparently being done without any input from QT, whose unique voice (both in the writing and his acting “style” – hey, he takes a lot of criticism for inserting himself into his movies, but this is one case where I think his awkwardness in front of the camera fits the character he’s playing perfectly) is a large part of the appeal of the movie.
Anyway, we now have a full trailer for the series which appears to be headed for a March debut.
So what do you think? Is there any way this can bring the thrills of the original? Or is it just an attempt to cash in on the name and cache of the movie in order to garner attention for Rodriguez’s fledgling El Rey Network? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. I want to think with Rodriguez behind it, it will work, but…
- Robert Rodriguez’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Gets Adapted Into T.V. Series (killerkalyn.com)
- TCA: El Rey Network announces From Dusk Till Dawn series premiere date, lucha libre show (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)
- FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES Releases First Images (killerkalyn.com)