UPDATE: Robert Rodriguez is not only not involved in this project, but, according to Deadline, is actively opposed to it and angry at Sony TV. The director was reportedly only contacted by the studio one time in reference to the planned production in a call where they said they were merely "thinking" of moving forward. After which point his team believed that the project had been abandoned.
“Not only does Robert not have any involvement in this show, he wasn’t even given a ‘head’s up’on Sony’s press release" Rodriguez's reps said in response to the announcement. "In it we noticed that Sony mentioned something about ‘staying true to the original story.’ Good luck with that without involving the creator! Not that it matters as the budget that’s allocated for the television production will make Robert’s original budget of $7,000 for El Mariachi look like Avatar. This TV series is a sloppy and lazy replica for the tourist trade, without any of the heart and soul that made the original El Mariachi win the Sundance Audience Award and become a landmark in independent cinema.”
Original Story Follows:
The plan is to launch the show as a one-hour drama across the region with 70 produced episodes to start. Like the original film and its follow-up Desperado, starring Antonio Bandaras, El Mariachi will follow musician Martin Aguirre who, "for love and honor," must go to war with the drug cartels.
“Much like the film, El Mariachi offers audiences a unique blend of high-stakes action and romance,” said Angélica Guerra, SPT SVP and managing director, production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic. “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.” Sony TV is also working on a Spanish-language version of Breaking Bad entitled Metastasis. Meanwhile, El Rey Network, the upcoming English-language cable network from Rodriguez, John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa's FactoryMade will launch with a TV adaptation of the filmmaker's vampire thriller From Dusk Till Dawn.
Source : ign[dot]com