is a busy man as of late. This year alone, he has directed upcoming movies Machete Kills and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (which will appear in 2014), while working on other parallel projects, like the short . And now it seems like his works are going to reach the television medium with a show based on his popular 1992 film, El Mariachi .
El Mariachi was Rodriguez's directorial debut at the tender age of 23. It featured a Spanish-speaking cast, since it was intended for a Mexican audience. The deciders over at Columbia Pictures liked it so much, though, that they bought the American distribution rights and spent a small fortune 'cleaning up' and marketing the film, which became so successful that it spawned two sequels: Desesperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. All three films went on to be known collectively as Rodriguez's 'Mexico Trilogy.'
Now, Univision and Sony are serializing the violent saga, with a surprisingly large number of hour-long episodes (70) commissioned for production. Rodriguez's name wasn't seen during the announcement of the development of this show (except when credited as the director of the original movie on which it is based). What little we know about the project seems to underscore the importance of the shooting location - every single scene will be filmed in Mexico. Angélica Guerra, a SVP and production managing director for Sony's Latin American audience, said as much:
Staying true to the story, we are producing the series in Mexico shooting in magnificent locations and utilizing some of the country's best talent.
The plot isn't expected to change much from the movies. A solitary mariachi (a musician belonging to a folkloric band) faces off against violent drug cartels on his quest for revenge. Confirmed for the cast are Iván Arana (playing the titular protagonist), (as Celeste Sandoval) and (Fernando Sandoval).
Since it'll be a while until we see the end results, you can either quench your thirst for mariachis with this epic trailer below; or if you still need more, you can watch the full movie El Mariachi here.