Eli Roth Directs a Skarsgard on New Netflix Series

Eli RothNetflix is on a do-or-die mission to make up for its tumultuous 2011. The company has already begun its foray into the television production game, picking up discarded series like Arrested Development and, potentially, Fox’s recent castoff Terra Nova. But Netflix has also got some of its own original pieces in the works. The newest in this collection is Hemlock Grove, an hour-long horror series with an impressive team behind it.

Multi-hyphenate Eli Roth, director of Cabin Fever and the Hostel movies, and the bat-wielding Donny Donnowitz in Inglourious Basterds, is helming and executive producing Hemlock Grove, which has Bill Skarsgard (brother of heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard and son of Norse god Stellan Skarsgard) and X-Men‘s Jean Grey Famke Janssen attached to star.

The series is based on a novel by Brian McGreevy, and will follow a Pennsylvania town resident’s (Skarsgard) plight to solve a local murder, through mysterious, horrific and supernatural circumstances.

Hemlock Grove joins the company of Netflix originals including David Fincher’s House of Cards, and Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is the New Black.

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.