Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network has inked a multi-year deal with Celestial Pictures which will give the network access to 255 iconic martial arts titles from the Shaw Brothers vault.
The features covered by the deal include The Five Deadly Venoms, Mad Monkey Kung Fu, The Brave Archer Trilogy and Have Sword Will Travel, which will air throughout the schedule as well as during the network’s monthly Kung Fu marathons. In addition, El Rey and Celestial Pictures are also in talks to develop an original television series based on the Shaw Brothers’ films.
“These iconic films have really resonated with our viewers and we are excited to be the American home of this incredible library”, said Robert Rodriguez, Chairman of El Rey Network. “As a kid, I found this kind of content wildly entertaining and these dazzling, kinetic and epic spectacles are still a great inspiration in the work I do to this day.”
While Kristen Tong, Chief Operating Officer of Celestial Pictures, added: “We are delighted to build on our strong relationship with El Rey and Robert. The network has already proven to be a great platform to showcase our classic titles to a new audience, and we look forward to pursuing further exciting opportunities together.”