(Beverly Hills, CA – 6 March, 2014) – Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) in association with Miramax, El Rey Network and FactoryMade Ventures, today announced episodes of “From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series,” the latest original series for the world’s leading internet television network, will be available exclusively to members in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Nordics and the UK to watch instantly beginning March 12, with Latin America beginning a week later on March 19.
Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, the series marks action auteur Robert Rodriguez’s first foray into serialized drama. New hour-long episodes of “From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series” will arrive weekly in Europe and Canada, within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast. In Latin America, subsequent episodes will also be available on a weekly basis following the March 19 premiere. In the U.S., the series premieres on Tuesday, March 11 at 9 PM ET/PT on El Rey Network.
Along the Mexico-US border, 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 10-episode series takes 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, Chairman and Founder, 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.”
“Netflix is one of the most innovative and leading global entertainment platforms existing today and is an absolute perfect fit for Miramax, Rodriguez’s vanguard talent and this filmmaker-driven series,” added Zanne Devine, EVP, Production and Development, Miramax.
The international cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew); Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files); Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges); Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break); Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State, Identity).
Rodriguez directed and executive produced the 1996 cult-classic film written by Quentin Tarantino. Rodriguez directed four of the ten episodes of the TV adaptation. “From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series” 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.
About From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series:
“From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series” is centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
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Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures containing some of the most original and acclaimed independent films, such as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Life is Beautiful and Cinema Paradiso – as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary and the Scream, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, including four Best Picture awards. Miramax’s world-class global distribution team has successfully brought this acclaimed collection of titles to existing and emerging platforms in nearly every country in the world.
Miramax’s new development projects include both television and film. Currently the studio is working with industry luminaries to create new derivative television series based on their respective award-winning stories and characters. These titles include Gangs of New York with Martin Scorsese, Copland with James Mangold, and Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, currently in active production. Film projects include Jeremy Garelick’s The Wedding Ringer (starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco) to be released by Sony’s Screen Gems January 16, 2015. Miramax also recently announced a multi-title, multi-year agreement with The Weinstein Company to create derivative work for film, television and stage.
Miramax was purchased in 2010 by Qatar Holding, together with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital, and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with a sales office in London. For more information, please visit miramax.com.
About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network’s action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
About FactoryMade Ventures:
Founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, FactoryMade develops, produces and oversees media and entertainment franchises in partnership with leading Hollywood talent and global brands and investors. The company founded El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Univision Communications, Inc. It also forged a joint venture with leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre AAA and four-time Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation’s One Three Media. It executive produces a slate of scripted and non-scripted television shows including From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the remake of the cult classic by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and Matador, an original production with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Previously, the team spearheaded the creation of Hasbro’s film business and television business with Transformers, G.I. Joe, Hasbro Studios and the Hub Network with Discovery Communications, and created retail’s first digital gaming and commerce platform HSN Arcade.