A lot of movie directors have been dabbling in television lately. But how many start their own freakin’ TV network? That would be one. And that one would be Robert Rodriguez. The director and now founder of the El Rey network stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week to talk all about his new “video mix tape” and the super-cool programming they have in store. Of course, at the top of this super-cool list is a new TV version of his 1996 cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn (starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, with a screenplay by Tarantino).
So how similar or different will the TV series be? “The film, you only have a limited time to tell a story, and any character that Quentin creates, they can live and breathe for so much more than that,” says Rodriguez. “And so I decided to take the idea of the movie, retell it in a way, add new characters and have different things happen to characters you know and love, and really set up the story to sustain itself for several seasons. We get a lot more into the mythology of the temple where they go, and build up that mythology. You see some sign posts to what the movie had offered story-wise, but it goes in completely different directions.”
We talk more about his vision for the supernatural drama (which he also directs along with other up and coming talent like Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez), as well as other programming on the network, like an upcoming spy series from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman called Matador, and a Lucha Libre wrestling reality show produced by Mark Burnett. And, of course, no way is Rodriguez getting out of the studio without dropping some intel on the big Sin City sequel. You can now hear the entire thing on the InsideTV Podcast by clicking on the audio player icon below.
But that’s not all. Survivor host Jeff Probst also called in to chat all about the new season, Survivor: Cagayan. Probst talks about the decision to go with a cast of completely new players — something the show has not done a whole lot of lately — and explains why his experience of what he sees out on the island doesn’t always match up to what we see on TV. It’s another inside look at the longtime reality hit that fans will definitely want to check out.
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