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‘Dusk Till Dawn’ series starts production

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network announced Wednesday that production has started in Austin on “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the first scripted original programming to air on the director’s new cable network, which is scheduled to debut in December.

The series, which is based on Rodriguez’s 1996 movie of the same name, will be a supernatural crime saga of hour-long episodes and will premiere on El Rey in the first quarter of 2014.

The cast will include D.J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz as Richie Gecko and Jesse Garcia as Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series. Also joining the cast will be Don Johnson as Sheriff Earl McGraw. Miramax, the producing studio and distributor of the original film, will distribute the series internationally.

“If the movie’s the short story, the series is the novel,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “We have assembled an amazing cast and crew, and viewers can expect to be part of a wild ride when the series premieres on El Rey Network next spring.”

The series will center on bank robber Seth Gecko and his brother Richie, who are wanted after a bank heist. While escaping to Mexico, they end up in a strip club that is populated by vampires. The series is a production of El Rey Networks in association with FactoryMade Ventures.