Sony Turning Robert Rodriguez’s ‘El Mariachi’ into a TV Series

By August 20, 2013

El Mariachi

Update: Deadline reports that Robert Rodriguez and his team are not happy with Sony TV’s plans to move forward with the show, since they only mentioned to the director once that they were thinking about adapting his movie into a show. Read more here. Original story follows.

Audiences are used to seeing the action-packed adventures of musician Martin Aguirre (known as El Mariachi), who gets caught up with dangerous drug cartels, nasty assassins and beautiful women, on the big screen in El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. But now the Mexican action is heading to the small screen.

Deadline has word that Sony Pictures Television and Teleset are working on adapting the Robert Rodriguez franchise starter El Mariachi into a TV series for the Latin American Market. The one-hour drama will air on Sony Entertainment TV south of the border, so unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll see this series in the United States unless it happens to play in syndication on some of the other Spanish networks.

Sony will produce a whopping 70 episodes of the series, and that’s just to start with. If successful, there will likely be many more to follow. Sony’s Angélica Guerra, senior vice president and managing director, production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic said:

“Much like the film, El Mariachi offers audiences a unique blend of high-stakes action and romance. 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.”

So who will be filling the shoes worn by Antonio Banderas on the big screen? Mexican actor Iván Arana is playing Aguirre, while Street Kings actress Marta Higareda has the role of Celeste Sandoval and Julio Bracho will play Fernando Sandoval.

It’s a shame this is solely a Mexican production, because I feel like this kind of series could easily find an audience on a cable network like FX. Obviously, the Hispanic market is more of a guaranteed audience, especially being produced specifically for the region, but plenty of Americans like Rodriguez’s wild action featuring El Mariachi. If it does well enough maybe the United States will get their own version.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.