You know, despite its waning popularity, we’re still rooting for Netflix to get itself together and win back the hearts of consumers lost when they went batshit a few months ago. Hopefully this latest bit of news will give it the nudge in the right direction that it so desperately needs.
According to Deadline, Netflix is finalizing a deal with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode series order of Hemlock Grove, an hour-long thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth. This marks the first foray into television for top horror feature writer-director-producer Roth, creator of the Hostel franchise.
Hemlock Grove is based on Brian McGreevy’s upcoming Gothic horror novel of the same name, which will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on March 27th. Set against the backdrop of our darkest myths, adolescent deceptions, ravenous relationships and rumors of a werewolf, the series re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human.
McGreevy will help adapt his book, co-writing the script with his writing partner, Lee Shipman. The feature writing duo, which has made multiple appearances on Hollywood’s Black List of hot screenplays, is currently working on a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Warner Bros., Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Mad Hatter Entertainment.
Mad Hatter’s Michael Connolly will serve as a co-executive producer on Hemlock Grove. Eric Newman of Strike Entertainment, who worked with Roth on The Last Exorcism and the upcoming The Man with the Iron Fists, which Roth co-wrote and is producing with Newman, will executive produce Hemlock Grove along with with Roth, McGreevy and Shipman.
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