That’s right guys, a brand new werewolf show, one starring some big celebs, is on the way! However, if you want to watch it you’ll have to have a Netflix account. Netflix has inked a deal with horror director Eli Roth to create Hemlock Grove, an original series about “murder, mystery, and monsters,” the company announced.
Hemlock Grove, an adaptation of Brian McGreevy’s werewolf novel, has booked Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard in starring roles. The new streaming Netflix series from horror director/producer/writer/actor Eli Roth is set to debut in early 2013.
“I’ve been waiting for years to dive into television, and Eric Newman and I founded Arcade to do elevated genre projects exactly like Hemlock Grove,” Roth said in a statement. “Brian McGreevy’s novel blew me away, and the material lends itself perfectly to long format storytelling. Hemlock Grove is smart, dark, complex, and at times terrifying.”
“The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.
Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.”
The 13-episode first season begins with a young girl having been murdered near the abandoned Godfrey family steel mill. Skarsgard will play Roman Godfrey, an arrogant teen whose mother Olivia Godfrey (Janssen), is the controlling grande dame of Hemlock Grove.
You will best remember Janssen as Jean Grey from three X-Men films. Skarsgard, the younger brother of True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard, will soon be seen opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law in Anna Karenina.
In spite of the book having some pretty awful reviews I am still excited about this show adaptation. And while vampire/werewolf shows are totally overdone, I still want more. Who knows, Hemlock Grove just may be the eerie werewolf show we’ve been craving.
What do you think of the upcoming Hemlock Grove TV show?
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