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"Matador" (TV show) cast member Gabriel Luna
"Matador" (TV show) cast member Gabriel Luna

Robert Rodriguez to Direct 'Matador'

The new El Rey Network series chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it.

January 12, 2014

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PASADENA, CA — During a presentation at the bi-annual gathering of television critics, El Rey Network announced that "Matador" (working title), an original, scripted action series produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's K/O Paper Products, will premiere in Summer 2014. The coveted writing/producing team ("Sleepy Hollow," "Fringe," "Star Trek" and "Transformer" franchises) will begin production on the 13-episode, hour-long drama, marking the second original series from Robert Rodriguez's genre-busting network. The first scripted project, Rodriguez's highly-anticipated "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," will premiere on March 11, 2014. Production on "Matador" will begin in Los Angeles early this year.

Irreverent and action-packed, "Matador" chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don't realize is that it's all a cover — in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. In this modern day take on a James Bond origins story, "Matador" has the kind of fame and notoriety that affords him access to powerful circles of corruption and villainy. But, in balancing the dueling roles in which he's been cast, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity ... and it is this mission which will prove to be his most dangerous.

Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network's Founder and Chairman, said, "This is exactly the kind of programming we envisioned from the get-go — 'Matador' is action-packed, irreverent and kick-ass entertainment to its core." He added, "The K/O team really understands our brand and has the means to cut through the clutter with fresh and contemporary themes that will speak to our viewers."

"We're thrilled to be working with El Rey Network on this new series," said Roberto Orci, co-founder, K/O Paper Products. "The network has given us a platform to expand our reach to young millennials and we are excited to bring 'Matador' to El Rey's passionate audience."

In addition to recent deals with CBS TV Studios and the CW, Kurtzman and Orci are currently working on The Hub's animated series "Transformers: Prime," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 3" and the upcoming "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing" reboots. Past television projects include FOX's "Fringe," which they co-created with JJ Abrams and CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" reboot. Film credits include the previously mentioned "Transformers" franchise, two "Star Trek" movies, "Eagle Eye," "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Mission: Impossible III," and "The Proposal," which they executive produced.

"Matador" is co-created by Roberto Orci, Andrew Orci, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. Executive producers are Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (who are also showrunners); Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products; and Robert Rodriguez along with FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Beattie and Dworkin are writing the first episode which will be directed by Rodriguez.


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