Eli Roth prepping new demon-hunting exorcism series South of Hell

Horror guru Eli Roth is prepping a new TV series focused on demon-hunting and exorcisms, though it’s heading to an admittedly strange network home.

Dubbed South of Hell, the new WE tv series will follow a young demon hunter working out of Savannah, Ga., who struggles with her own internal possession. So, maybe, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style series with an exorcism twist?

Protagonist 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.”

If you’re unfamiliar with WE tv, its a women’s entertainment cable network similar to Lifetime. The network has done some original series in the past, but typically of the reality TV fare. South of Hell will mark the channel’s first genre project, and it just goes to show that sci-fi is hot these days and everybody wants in on the action.

Here’s what Roth, who will direct the pilot, had to say about the series:

“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 ( Manos, Jr.) and Jason (Blum), 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.”

The network has ordered eight episodes to launch the series, though they could pick up more if it proves a hit. We’re intrigued by the concept, and with Roth (Cabin Fever) and Blum (Insidious) on board this could be one to watch.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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