Netflix to preem Eli Roth’s ‘Hemlock Grove’

Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard to star in horror skein

Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard are set to star in Gothic mystery series “Hemlock Grove,” the latest foray into original programming from Netflix.

Eli Roth is directing and exec producing the 13-episode skein, which will be available to Netflix subscribers in early 2013. Gaumont Intl. Television is producing “Hemlock Grove,” based on a Brian McGreevy novel about the murder of a young girl in a ravaged Pennsylvania steel town.

It’s the first major foray into serialized drama for Roth, who launched the “Hostel” horror franchise and has appeared in several films, including “Inglourious Basterds.”

“What’s most exciting to me is creating the series for Netflix, which as a feature filmmaker is like telling a story in a new medium,” Roth said. “Netflix as a platform is the perfect hybrid of cinema, television and social networking, with the creative freedom to go as dark as the story needs.”

“Hemlock” joins a growing list of original series coming to Netflix over the next few years. In addition to its already released Norwegian import “Lilyhammer,” the streaming service is moving forward with “House of Cards,” an adapatation of the BBC drama to star Kevin Spacey; a revival of the Fox comedy “Arrested Development”; and new dramedy “Orange Is the New Black,” from “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan.

“Hemlock Grove” is exec produced and written by McGreevy and Lee Shipman. Other projects the pair have in development include the Bram Stoker adaptation “Harker” for Warner Bros. and Appian Way, the King Arthur epic “Pendragon” for New Regency and “Zorro Reborn” for 20th Century Fox.

Also exec producing are Eric Newman, producer of “The Last Exorcism,” “Dawn of the Dead” and “Children of Men”; Michael Connolly, co-producer of “How to Train Your Dragon”; and Mark Verheiden, co-exec producer of “Battlestar Galactica” and other shows.

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