Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is turning his cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn into an animated series.
In addition to directing the original movie, Rodriguez developed the live-action From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which aired from 2014-16. “Over here, I have my own television network [El Rey],” he explained to SFX magazine. “So I had a television network here. And I needed to create programming, so Quentin [Tarantino] and I still control the rights to it. So I went, ‘Oh, wow, I’d love to expand the story of Santánico Pandemonium, and the whole Aztec vampire lore for my network.'”
Released in 1996, From Dusk Till Dawn starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino (who also wrote the script) as a pair of American criminal brothers who take a family hostage in order to cross the border into Mexico. Along the way, however, they stop at a saloon run by vampires and are forced to work together in order to stay alive.
“And now we’re looking towards, we’re developing an animated Dusk Till Dawn. You’re the first person to hear that!” Rodriguez added. Although he didn’t offer any information beyond that, it’s expected the animated From Dusk Till Dawn series will continue to expand the franchise’s vampire mythology, much like the live-action TV show did.
In addition to the live-action series, the original From Dusk Till Dawn spawned a pair of direct-to-video sequels titled From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter, released in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Rodriguez and Tarantino served as executive producers only on the sequels, with Rodriguez‘s cousin, Álvaro Rodríguez, writing the script for The Hangman’s Daughter.
Rodriguez recently directed Netflix‘s We Can Be Heroes, a quasi-sequel to his 2005 superhero movie The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He also helmed The Mandalorian Season 2 episode “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” featuring Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett.
Up next, Rodgieuz will serve as an executive producer on The Book of Boba Fett, a spinoff series he’s collaborating on with The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni. Netflix has also greenlit a sequel to We Can Be Heroes following the movie’s debut on the streaming platform, where it was viewed in 44 million households within its first four weeks of release.