Robert Rodriguez Announces He’s Developing ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Animated Series

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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The 1996 action-horror flick From Dusk Till Dawn celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, so maybe that’s why director Robert Rodriguez decided to drop this bit of news for fans to thirst over.

In a recent interview with SFX magazine, Rodriguez revealed that he is developing an animated version of his vampire movie franchise, which has since spawned two movie sequels (From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter) and a TV series for Rodriguez’s cable network El Rey.

Rodriguez directed the original movie and seven of the 30 episodes of the series that ran on El Rey from 2014-2016.

“We’re developing an animated Dusk till Dawn,” Rodriguez says. “You’re the first person to hear that!”

Rodriguez explained how the TV series came to be when he started El Rey Network back in 2013.
“I needed to create programming, so Quentin [Tarantino] and I still control the rights to [From Dusk Till Dawn],” Rodriguez says. “So, I went, ‘Oh, wow, I’d love to expand the story of Santánico Pandemonium, and the whole Aztec vampire lore for my network. That was originally why we did it.”

We’re not sure if Rodriguez is going to bring back Latino actors from the original film like Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo to do voice work for their characters, but one actor who would like an invitation to reprise his role is Ernest Garcia, who played Big Emilio in the first movie. When Big Emilio turns into a vampire, he is destroyed when his extracted heart is stabbed with a pencil.

“As an animated series, you could exaggerate the story a lot,” Garcia told Remezcla today (Jan. 21). “Robert is a cool dude. He was more into animation and drawings before film.”

Currently, there is no timeline for production or a release date for the animated series.