WE tv has ordered a horror series that combines the talents of creatives from Paranormal Activity, Dexter, and Hostel.
The network has greenlit South of Hell, about a young demon hunter in Savannah, Georgia who struggles with her own internal possession. The main character, Maria Abascal, is described as 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.”
The project is written by newcomer Matt Lambert along with James Manos, Jr (The Shield), who will serve as showrunner. Also on board are executive producers Jason Blum (Insidious), Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Gene Stein, and Eli Roth (Hemlock Grove) – who will direct the premiere. “As WE tv moves firmly into scripted programming, we are committed to presenting distinctive and engaging stories to today’s savvy TV audience,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president. “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.”
Added Roth: “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.”
WEtv has ordered eight initial episodes, which will premiere next year. Horror continues to be hot on cable, with WGN recently breaking into the major series game with witches drama Salem. Also on the scripted drama front, WE tv is next launching The Divide, a crime drama starring Marin Ireland that will debut July 16.