11:32am PT by Lesley Goldberg
WE tv Orders Horror Series From Eli Roth, Jason Blum
WE tv is getting into the genre business, greenlighting South of Hell straight to series.
The horror thriller centers on Maria Abascal, a demon hunter whose power stems from within. The eight-episode drama will premiere in 2015 and hails from Eli Roth, Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television.
Dexter and The Shield alum James Manos Jr. will serve as showrunner on the supernatural thriller. The first episode was penned by Matt Lambert, with Eli Roth (Hostel, Hemlock Grove) on board to direct. Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The River) will exec produce alongside Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Sonar Entertainment CEO Gene Stein and Roth.
"As WE tv moves firmly into scripted programming, we are committed to presenting distinctive and engaging stories to today’s savvy TV audience,” WE tv president Marc Juris said in a statement announcing the news. "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."
South of Hell marks WE tv's second original scripted series. It joins the Tony Goldwyn-produced The Divide, which bows July 16. That series was originally developed for AMC Networks sibling AMC and passed over there before landing a series pickup at WE.
Here's the formal logline for South of Hell: "Savannah, Ga., is an elusive city with many faces and the perfect home for 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. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her."