Ahead of the July debut of its first original scripted series, The Divide, WE tv has greenlighted a second scripted drama, thriller South Of Hell from Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television. The series, given an eight-episode order for a 2015 premiere, comes from two of the top horror producers, Jason Blum and Eli Roth, in their first pairing. A supernatural thriller set in Savannah, GA, South Of Hell focuses on Maria Abascal, a demon hunter whose power stems from within. The premiere episode will be directed by Roth (Hostel). “As WE tv moves firmly into scripted programming, we are committed to presenting distinctive and engaging stories,” said WE tv President Marc Juris. “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.” The premiere episode was written by Matt Lambert. James Manos Jr. (Dexter) is executive producer and showrunner. Blum of Blumhouse Prods (Insidious) also serves as executive producer, along with Gerard Bocaccio, who worked at Blumhouse; Sonar’s former CEO Stewart Till; his replacement, Gene Stein; and Roth.
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. In TV, Roth also executive produces the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, while Blum exec produces the upcoming HBO movie The Normal Heart, Syfy mini Ascension and MTV series Eye Candy.