THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS: HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SEASON TWO PREMIERE OF "FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES" SET FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 AT 9:00 PM ET ON EL REY NETWORK
Maverick Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to Direct Premiere and Finale Episodes of Sophomore Season of El Rey Network/Miramax Supernatural Crime Saga
Austin, TX (June 1, 2015) -- The long-awaited return of the El Rey Network/Miramax supernatural crime saga, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," is set for Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm ET, it was announced today. With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
Returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, "Sons of Anarchy"); Eiza González (Lola: érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show," To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport ("Noah," "Shameless"); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender's Game, Incredible Crew) and guest star Jake Busey (Motorcycle Gang, Contract) are joined in the show's sophomore season by Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) as "The Regulator;" Esai Morales ("Criminal Minds," "NYPD Blue") as "Lord Amancio Malvado;" Jeff Fahey ("Lost," "Justified," "Texas Rising") as "Uncle Eddie Cruickshank" and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2) as "Sonja Lam".
Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network's founder and chairman and creator of the 1995 cult-classic film of the same name, directs the season premiere and finale; additional directors include showrunner Carlos Coto, Eduardo Sanchez, Alejandro Brugués, Joe Menendez, and Dwight Little.
Rodriguez said: "The first season of 'Dusk' reimagined the original film to allow us to expand our story and characters for future seasons. I'm excited for fans to now experience this completely new story arc where they will learn more about the Dusk universe and their favorite characters within this dark, dangerous, crime world with a supernatural edge."
Called "radically different" and "a fascinating ride" by The Associated Press, season one of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" centered on bank robber Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko, who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller and his family, and took them hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
In Season Two, the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Our characters are all living in very separate worlds -Santánico and Richie are outside Houston, doing their best Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez is protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again - this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, showrunner Carlos Coto, writer Diego Gutierrez, FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, and Miramax's Zanne Devine and Daniel Pipski.
Miramax is distributing "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" internationally in all territories.
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About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com ) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
About FactoryMade Ventures
FactoryMade is an incubator for entertainment businesses and was founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The company builds IP-based franchises and production and distribution platforms by leveraging its strong ties to the Hollywood creative community and partnering with global brands and investors. FactoryMade ventures include El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with Robert Rodriguez and Univision Communications and the Lucha Underground sports wrestling league with Mark Burnett and Mexico's Lucha Libre AAA. In addition to working with corporate partners such as Telefonica, they previously spearheaded the creation of Hasbro's film and TV businesses (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Hasbro TV Studios, the Hub Network), and developed retail's first digital gaming and e-commerce platform with HSN (HSN Arcade).
Miramax is a global film and television studio best known for its highly acclaimed, original content. The studio's new projects include both film and TV, among them the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer, which Miramax released in January 2015 together with Sony's Screen Gems; Mr. Holmes, directed by Academy Award(R) winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) and starring Academy Award(R) nominees Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings film franchise, X-Men film franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages), which Miramax will release with Roadside Attractions in the U.S. on July 15,2015; and as The 9th Life of Louis Drax, currently in post-production and starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, "The Fall"), Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad," Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Building on its unparalleled library of characters and groundbreaking storylines, Miramax is also currently developing new television series alongside industry luminaries, with projects that include Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," now heading into its second season.
Collectively, the library of more than 700 motion pictures has received 282 Academy Award(R) nominations and 68 Oscars(R) with four Best Picture awards, and includes such celebrated independent films as Pulp Fiction, No Country for Old Men and City Of God - as well as scores of commercial hits such as Chicago, Good Will Hunting and Bridget Jones's Diary.
Since the purchase of Miramax in 2010 by Qatar Holding, together with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.'s Colony Capital, the studio's world-class global distribution team has successfully brought this renowned collection to existing and emerging platforms in nearly every country in the world.
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