Eli Roth teams with Blum, WEtv for Exorcism Series, “SOUTH OF HELL”
Already having shepherded HEMLOCK GROVE to Netflix, director Eli Roth (CABIN FEVER, THE GREEN INFERNO) has teamed with another network/outfit moving into scripted, original programming for demon hunter series SOUTH OF HELL.
WEtv—which stands for Women’s Entertainment, but like other channels also owned by AMC, might have dropped its status as an acronym—will dip into the horror game with some pretty big names in contemporary genre. SOUTH OF HELL, about exorcist/demon hunter Maria Abascal, is executive produced by Roth and Jason Blum, with the former on board to direct the premiere.
In the series to be showrun by James Manos, Jr, Maria is a “stunning, 30-year-old demon-hunter-for-hire. Alongside her brother, David, she is skilled and fearless in her pursuit of the demons that live in others. Like those that she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others.”
Horror is clearly very popular on television at the moment, with similar channel Lifetime airing WITCHES OF EAST END and developing an OMEN series (it seems these channels with niche aims are also trying to rebrand), as well as WGN America making SALEM their first scripted series. Of SOUTH OF HELL, Roth says, “I’m thrilled to be a part of SOUTH OF HELL. Exorcism and possession stories have always fascinated me, and [writer] Matt Lambert has created an incredibly rich, original world in which to tell many stories of good, evil and everyone’s own personal inner demons. I’m also honored to be working with Jim and Jason, both of whom I greatly admire. We want to create something smart and spectacular, and we are excited to be at the forefront of WE tv’s new scripted series initiative.”
SOUTH OF HELL is expected to premiere in 2015. [EW]