The director of last year’s remake of The Evil Dead is taking on an pivotal episode of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
Fede Alvarez, who impressed fickle Evil Dead fans with his intense and graphic reboot of Sam Rami’s horror classic, is currently shooting the eighth episode of writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s TV reboot of his 1996 cult-favorite film. We can’t reveal much about the episode, except that it involves plenty of bloody mayhem inside a certain Mexican strip club with a very, very long history and that viewers will get to see some of that history firsthand.
From Dusk Till Dawn is being revived as a TV series by Rodriguez for his new Latino-themed English-speaking cable network El Rey. Rodriguez is directing four episodes in the 10-episode first season and wrote the pilot. The series will make its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 8; a making-of special airs on El Rey on Wednesday night and the show debuts on El Rey on March 11.
Rodriguez hosts an annual luncheon in Austin for visiting filmmakers during SXSW and met Alvarez at last year’s event. Alvarez revealed he got a copy of Rodriguez’s book on guerrilla filmmaking Rebel without a Crew and it inspired him to try and make films without any studio support in his native Uruguay. When his 2009 short Panic Attack clocked more than 5 million views in two months (below) it helped him land the Evil Dead reboot. So Rodriguez asked Alvarez if he would take on an episode of Dusk Till Dawn. Alvarez’s next project is a live action version of the video game Dante’s Inferno for Universal.
Other directors on board Dusk include Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Joe Menendez (The Brothers Garcia). Rodriguez almost landed a certain other director for the series, too – Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and co-starred in the film version. A detailed fight scene that Tarantino originally wrote for the film that was cut from his final draft is being included in the series. Rodriguez tells EW his Grindhouse collaborator was game for shooting the episode that included the scene, but the scheduling didn’t quite work out. Maybe RR and QT will reunite for season two?
Here’s the Dusk trailer and Panic Attack: