Slackery News Tidbits: November 11, 2013


Here's the latest Austin film news.

  • Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network began production in Austin last week on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, a television adaptation of his 1996 cult film From Dusk Till Dawn. This is the first scripted original series to air on Rodriguez's new cable network, set to debut next month.
  • Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Coherence, which had its world premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest, where it won the Next Wave Best Screenplay award, IndieWire reports. The thriller about a dinner party gone awry will continue on the festival run until next year's theatrical release. 
  • Speaking of Fantastic Fest, the genre film festival is going on tour beginning Friday to Alamo Drafthouse markets nationwide for three weekends this month to present audience favorites, like Cheap Thrills (Mike's review), The Congress (Mike's review) and the Elijah Wood-fronted Grand Piano (Jette's review), among others. 
  • In more festival news, the ATX Television Festival has announced its first wave of programming, including the first-ever Everwood cast reunion. The WB drama follows a widower and his two children as they adjust to life in a small Colorado town. Stars Gregory Smith, Treat Williams and Emily Van Camp, among others, will be in attendance. The festival's third season runs June 5-8, 2014.
  • Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell will declare next Friday "William Shatner Day," celebrating the kickoff of this year's Wizard World Austin Comic Con. William Shatner will be in attendance that day to accept "Honorary Austin Citizenship" from Mayor Leffingwell at 5:30 pm at the Austin Convention Center. The former Star Trek actor will also be meeting fans, signing autographs and conducting an interactive Q&A the following day.