Robert Rodriguez hasn't stopped working since arriving on the film scene back in 1992 with his indie hit, El mariachi. Since then, his films have landed in all genres, including horror, comedy, sci-fi and family. Always pushing the edge of filmmaking techniques and infusing the latest technology, his innovative and entrepreneurial spirit has evolved into running his own network filled with content of his choice.
The El Rey Network, is a channel he launched last year that distributes reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy and sports programming. Two of the current successful El Rey shows are The Director's Chair and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the latter being a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment. This week, a new episode of The Director's Chair was released and Season Two of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series began production. Here's more information on these exciting and groundbreaking shows.
THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR
Filmmakers, your version of The Actor's Studio is here. The Director's Chair focuses on the world's best filmmakers in a casual, intimate conversational environment hosted by Rodriguez as he asks questions about their career from the very beginning to present day. To date, Rodriguez has chatted with Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro and now Francis Ford Coppola. Watch a clip from the Tarantino episode which aired in two parts last summer and tune into the El Rey Network this week to catch the honest and informative discussion with Coppola about his experimental and masterful career as he delivers insight such as this, "The things they fire you for when you are young are the same things that they give you lifetime achievement awards for when you are old."
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES - SEASON TWO
The Gecko Brothers are back...again. You were first introduced to them in 1996 when Tarantino wrote the screenplay for Rodriguez to direct the original film version. Last year, Rodriguez resurrected all of the crazy characters and debuted the TV series in a episodic retelling of the film. Now, season two is on its way. The cast and crew started production this week with Rodriguez behind the camera directing the first episode. Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González and Jesse Garcia. Rodriguez talked about the new season which is set to return late summer, 2015.
It's great to be back for season two with the amazing cast and crew. We continue to push our story and characters into unexpected directions at a time when El Rey Network has greatly increased its distribution with six of the top eight distributors. We are also thrilled to expand our partnership with Miramax, which, based on the successful launch of the first season, has taken on a larger role in production this season and will be the lead studio on any future seasons.
Season Two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that expands the universe of our story across two borders from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds - Santanico and Richie Gecko are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by in the South of the Border; Freddie Gonzalez is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb: and Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, as changed men. They will all come together once again - this time facing off against an even bigger threat. Watch the official trailer from Season One.
We'll keep you posted on all of the exciting news from the world of Rodriguez so keep us on your radar. Watch The Director's Chair on the El Rey channel and watch Season One of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on Netflix.