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Netflix to Acquire Eli Roth’s Horror Series Hemlock Grove

16 December 2011 9:06 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

With the recent acquisition of the broadcast rights to the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development, Netflix continues to forge ahead with their experiment in building original content. This week it is being reported that they are in the process of finalizing a deal for a new horror series from Eli Roth, and unlike a lot of his recent projects, he is actually planning to direct this one himself. The series is called Hemlock Grove, and will be based on an upcoming gothic horror novel by Brian McGreevy. They are said to be committing to a 13-episode order with each episode running an hour long. Is this another smart acquisition or are they shifting their focus on original content far too quickly? The plot revolves around the murder of a young girl whose body is found mangled in the woods of Hemlock Grove. McGreevy will co-write the script and executive »

- Sean

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Netflix Bits: Netflix Supports Amendment to Video Privacy Protection Act, Verizon Considering Buying Netflix?, Netflix Close to Finalizing Deal for Eli Roth’s ‘Hemlock Grove’

13 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Netflix's shares may have dropped over the past several months, but as a news topic, the company is as popular as ever. After the jump: Netflix supports a bill that would allow it to share your video rental and streaming choices with your friends Rumor has it Verizon may be looking to buy Netflix Netflix takes yet another step into original programming with Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove. Over the past few years, we've gotten used to sharing our locations on Foursquare, our musical tastes on Spotify, and our recently read articles on Facebook -- and if Netflix has its way, we'll soon be divulging our cinematic selections online as well. The company is putting its weight behind a bill in Congress that seeks to amend the Video Privacy Protection Act, which currently requires companies to get a customer's permission before disclosing which videos you've rented or seen. If the new bill passes, »

- Angie Han

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Eli Roth Might Be Directing ‘Hemlock Grove’ Episodes for Netflix

13 December 2011 3:29 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Netflix is really jumping envelope first into the production game, having already set up deals to bring David Fincher and Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards, Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black and more episodes of Arrested Development to the little screen. Now, according to Deadline Hemlock Grove, they’re close to securing a deal with Gaumont International Television to produce 13 hour-long episodes of Hemlock Grove, based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy. McGreevy will be involved as a writer (alongside writing partner Lee Shipman), but the biggest name attached is executive producer and director Eli Roth who would bring his baseball bat into the mix. The story is focused on the murder of a young girl who is found ripped up near a steel mill and the two young men trying to solve it. Werewolves are inevitably involved. The big question is whether original programming will help save Netflix. If »

- Cole Abaius

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Eli Roth Producing and Directing Hemlock Grove for Netflix

12 December 2011 4:22 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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 »

- Uncle Creepy

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Roth Off To Hemlock Grove

12 December 2011 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Online DVD/streaming service Netflix has been ploughing ahead with plans to become a TV show provider in its own right. The latest move? Working on a deal with Hostel writer/director Eli Roth to bring Hemlock Grove to the screen.By the time you read this, the ink should be drying on the contract for Roth and Brian McGreevy – who wrote the eponymous novel the show will be based on – to co-create 13 episodes.The book itself will be out in March and blends myths, legends, werewolf tales and relationship struggles into a murder mystery set in the titular small Pennsylvania town. The list of suspects narrows down to two lads, who must try to figure out the real killer before their lives become forfeit.McGreevy will collaborate with regular writing partner Lee Shipman, and the pair is well versed in horror tropes. They’re currently at work re-imagining Dracula for Warner Bros. »

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Netflix Ordering Horror Series from Eli Roth?

12 December 2011 3:11 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Netflix continues to look for ways to set itself apart from competitors and has been investing in original programming. Netflix has a large library of horror titles and wants to add an exclusive horror series from Eli Roth to their horror offerings.

According to Deadline, Netflix is in the process of finalizing a deal for a 13-episode series order of “an hourlong thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth”. The series is titled Hemlock Grove and is based on an upcoming Brian McGreevy novel set to be released next year.

The series is described as being “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”.

Brian McGreevy will be involved in the TV series as well, co-writing scripts for the series with writing partner Lee Shipman. »

- Jonathan James

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Eli Roth Returns to Directing... for Netflix. Will Helm 'Hemlock Grove' Series!

12 December 2011 3:02 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Netflix is finalizing a deal with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode series order to "Hemlock Grove", an hourlong thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), reports Deadline. "Hemlock Grove" is based on Brian McGreevys upcoming gothic horror novel of the same name, which will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on March 27. "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 Hollywoods Black List of hot screenplays, is currently working on a reimagining of Bram Stokers Dracula for Warner Bros, Leonardo Dicaprios Appian Way and Mad Hatter Entertainment. »

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Eli Roth is Back With a New Netflix Series

12 December 2011 2:43 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Eli Roth is actually getting back in the director's chair for a new endeavor.  Since Hostel: Part II and the faux grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving, the writer-director has been exploring avenues in acting (Inglourious Basterds) and producing (The Last Exorcism).  He's also been developing a few scripts.

Today, news broke of his latest effort, which will see him tackling horrors on the small screen.

Roth is teaming up with Netflix and Gaumont for an adaptation of Hemlock Grove, a novel by Brian McGreevy.  Netflix/Gaumont are producing a 13-episode series of which Roth will executive produce and direct.

Never heard of Hemlock Grove?  Well, that's understandable.  The book isn't due out until March.  McGreevy is currently working on the screenplay with Lee Shipman.  Head inside for a description...

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- ryanrotten@shocktillyoudrop.com (Ryan Turek)

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Netflix Finalizing a Deal for 13-Episode Horror Series Hemlock Grove from Eli Roth

12 December 2011 2:06 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With Netflix taking on original programming through their streaming service for the anticipated return of Arrested Development and a new series from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey called House of Cards, the DVD mailing and online streaming outlet is really making a stride to compete with cable television providers. Their most recent effort comes in the form of a horror series as Deadline reports Netflix is currently negotiating with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode horror series called Hemlock Grove backed by Hostel mastermind Eli Roth. The series is based on an upcoming horror novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy the series is said to be set against the backdrop of our darkest myths, adolescent deceptions, ravenous relationships and rumors of a werewolf lurking about and aims to reimagine everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human. More after the jump. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Netflix Nears 13-Episode Order For Horror Drama ‘Hemlock Grove’ From Eli Roth And Gaumont International Television

12 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Netflix is finalizing a deal with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode series order to Hemlock Grove, an hourlong 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 27. 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 »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Alex Proyas To Produce And Godfather Shane Abbess’ ‘Future Perfect’

27 May 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Most of the best filmmakers got their starts when another, more experienced, filmmaker took them under their wing. Famous examples include Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth (who was also mentored to a lesser extent by David Lynch), Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp, Roger Corman and everyone and next up, Shane Abbess has Alex Proyas. The Los Angeles Times reports that Proyas will produce and "godfather" a film called Future Perfect which Abbess, an Australian director who almost did Source Code, will direct. Future Perfect focuses on an older man and younger girl, both genetically enhanced assassins, who are forced to go on the run. Think Hanna and The Professional meets Paper Moon. Read more after the break. The La Times 24 Frames [1] film blog broke the news of Proyas and Abbess' professional relationship. Basically, they hope it'll mirror what Jackson and Blomkamp did on District 9 »

- Germain Lussier

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Abbess, Proyas Find A "Future Perfect"

27 May 2011 11:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Australian filmmakers Alex Proyas ("I, Robot," "Dark City") and Shane Abbess ("Gabriel") are teaming for the new ambitious sci-fi thriller "Future Perfect" reports The Los Angeles Times.

Described as an apocalyptic take on "Paper Moon" and "Hanna", the story follows two eugenically created assassins - an older man and a young girl with a dynamic that may or may not be that of a father and daughter. The pair go on the run from authorities.

The plan here is to adopt the "District 9" mold - young upcoming director (Abbess), seasoned widely known producer (Proyas), indie financing and cheap shooting locale with the aim to create a film that looks far bigger than its modest budget.

Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman penned the script and the production aims to kick off soon in Australia. »

- Garth Franklin

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Alex Proyas and Shane Abbess Team for Future Perfect

27 May 2011 1:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Alex Proyas has signed on to produce Future Perfect, a film described in the vein of Hanna, to be directed by Shane Abbess, according to 24 Frames.

Reminiscent of Paper Moon, the film centers on an older man and a young girl, both eugenically created assassins, who must go on the run, in a dynamic that may or may not be that of a father and daughter.

The Australia-based production aims to use the District 9 model of grouping a young director, a high-profile producer, independent financing and a location far from Hollywood to make a vision-driven film that looks bigger than its relatively modest price tag.

The script has been written by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman.

No production date has been set. »

- MovieWeb

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Alex Proyas Will Godfather Shane Abbess Thriller ‘Future Perfect’

26 May 2011 9:11 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Just as Peter Jackson courted and nurtured Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut District 9, Dark City helmer Alex Proyas will be doing the same for another young filmmaker. Although he is busy prepping his Paradise Lost adaptation (with Bradley Cooper attached), 24 Frames reports he will produce and godfather the next from Shane Abbess. You may recognize his name, as he was close to directing Source Code, before Moon helmer Duncan Jones made it his second film. With this feature, Abbess will take over a project Peter Berg was once attached to.

Abbess will direct Future Perfect, a father-daughter thriller being compared to Joe Wright‘s Hanna and the classic masterpiece Paper Moon. The film follows “an older man and a young girl, both eugenically created assassins,” who then go on the run. Shot in Australia, the independently financed production will be a “vision-driven” film that will look “bigger” than its modest budget. »

- Jordan Raup

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Alex Proyas to Produce Indie Assassin Film Future Perfect; Shane Abbess to Direct

26 May 2011 6:13 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Alex Proyas (The Crow) has signed on to produce an independent assassin project entitled Future Perfect. Proyas will oversee the project for director Shane Abbess (Gabriel) according to 24 Frames which cites the film as being in a similar vein as Joe Wright's Hanna. Future Perfect was written by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, the same scribes behind the Zorro reboot, Zorro Reborn. While additional plot details on the project are sparse, the report claims that the script involves two eugenically created assassins, one an older man and the other a young girl, who are on the run from an unspecified pursuer (the same top-secret government agency that funded their creation, perhaps?). In addition to Future Perfect, Proyas also has an adaptation of Milton's Paradise Lost and Dracula: Year Zero currently hanging out in development. There is no word on how Perfect's Australian-based production will affect Proyas' work on each of those projects, »

- Jason Barr

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Jaume Collet-Serra Talks Harker and Giving Dracula His Due

13 May 2011 3:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Dracula a badass again? Oh lord, please say it's so! It's been a while since the original vamp had the proper amount of bite, but if director Jaume Collet-Serra is to be believed, that's all about to change.

In a recent interview with Aullidos Serra dropped the following on fans:

"Basically we intend to make a film based on Stoker's Dracula, and I have to pay respect to the source material. That means you can save all those romantic vampire conventions for the thirteen-year-old girls. My Dracula will demonstrate who is boss and kick the asses of other vampires."

Bless. Your. Heart.

Warner Bros. is firmly behind Harker, which they picked up as a spec script by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, for a re-imagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula with Collet-Serra at the directorial helm. It focuses on Jonathan Harker as the Scotland Yard detective who is tracking Dracula, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Collet-Serra to Make Dracula Scary Again in Harker

13 May 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Jaume Collet-Serra has a lot on his plate. He launched a new company to shepherd fledgling talent and he's got a number of projects on the slab, including Harker . The director of House of Wax , Orphan and Unknown will direct the film for Leonard DiCaprio's Appian Way. Scripted by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the story finds a young Jonathan Harker working for Scotland Yard who is tracking Dracula. Collet-Serra spoke to Aullidos about project and said, "Basically, we intend to make a film based on [Bram] Stoker's Dracula, but I respect the book. [Today is all about] vampires and very romance for girls thirteen years. But we want to bring back Dracula and demonstrate who is boss." Essentially, make him a bad-ass again. The director is presently in »

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New Zorro reboot to take place in a post apocalyptic future

29 April 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Well here's some weird news. The La Times's 24Frames blog is reporting that everyone's favourite masked avenger, Zorro, will be heading to "a desolate and post-apocalyptic future" near you.

According to "a person familiar with the film" the the new film, called Zorro Reborn, "will be less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men.

The Zorro reboot is to be the feature film debut of Rpin Suwannath, a previsualization guy who's apparently worked on X-Men, The Matrix and Chronicles of Narnia movies.

The script for "Zorro Reborn" is done and was penned by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the guys behind the Dracula reboot "Harker".

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

Interesting no? »

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Zorro Reborn Propels Masked Hero into Post-Apocalyptic Future

28 April 2011 12:32 PM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

As much as we love post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies, this one deserves to be filed in the "what the?" news category. According to the L.A. Times, 20th Century Fox is planning on returning Zorro to the big screen by taking Johnston McCulley's classic pulp hero out of his Spanish Colonial California roots and propelling him into "a desolate and post-apocalyptic" future. Citing an anonymous "person familiar with the film," the Times states that in Zorro Reborn, the masked hero will be "less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge" in the vein of No Country for Old Men.

The script was written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriting duo behind a planned revamp of Dracula for Warner Bros. called Harker, named after Jonathan Harker, one of the narrators of Bram Stoker's classic novel. Fox has tapped Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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‘Zorro’ Reboot to Have a Future Setting?

27 April 2011 1:39 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

If you are going to reboot a franchise, why not reboot it to something entirely different? The Los Angeles Times reported a reboot film “Zorro Reborn” will remove the famous masked swashbuckler from the original historical California and Mexico settings. In fact, an unnamed source told the La Times that the new installment will be in the future as “specifically a desolate and post-apocalyptic one.” La Times described this version will be “less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and ‘No Country for Old Men.’” The reboot project is currently being developed by Twentieth Century Fox. It will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization specialist who worked on films such as “X-Men,” “Matrix” and “Chronicles of Narnia” films. The reboot script was written by the writing team of Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. »

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