The network WE tv is gambling on horror in a big way and placed an order for a new series called ‘South of Hell’. The series itself has a lot of talent behind it with Eli Roth (‘The Green Inferno‘, ‘Hemlock Grove’‘) directing, newcomer Matt Lambert on writing and James Manos (‘Dexter‘, ‘The Shield’) surving as the series’ showrunner. Furthermore, the executive producers consist of Jason Blum (‘Insidious‘, ‘Paranormal Activity‘), Gerard Bocaccio (‘Moonlight’), Stewart Till (‘House of Sand and Fog’, ‘Fargo’), Gene Stein (‘Alphas‘,’The Cape‘), and Eli Roth.
The series centers around Maria Abascal, 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.”
It sounds like it could be a fun new twist on possession and with Roth involved, you know it has to have a darker side to it. It almost sounds like they borrowed some of the ideas from the old ‘Vampire Hunter D’ anime and stuck it here, which I am one hundred and ten percent OK with.
According to Marc Juris, WE tv’s president:
“As WE tv moves firmly into scripted programming, we are committed to presenting distinctive and engaging stories to today’s savvy TV audience. That is certainly the case with South of Hell, a dramatic thriller that introduces viewers to an unforgettable character, supernatural themes and the battle between good and evil.”
After that Roth chimed in:
“I’m thrilled to be a part of ‘South of Hell.’ Exorcism and possession stories have always fascinated me, and 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.”
With an 8 episode initial season on order and set to premiere next year, this could be a show whose progress is worth watching.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly