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New "Crown," "Hell," "V-Wars" Shows Announced

By Garth Franklin Thursday May 22nd 2014 03:37PM

A bunch of film talent is shifting some of their attention to several new TV series.

The Crown
Filmmaker Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot," "The Reader") and scribe Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") are set to team for Netflix's royal drama series "The Crown" based on the 2013 stage play "The Audience".

Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II in the play which centered on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day.

South of Hell
"Hostel" filmmaker Eli Roth is set to direct the first episode and produce the horror thriller series "South of Hell" for WE tv. "Dexter" and "The Shield" producer James Manos Jr. will serve as showrunner.

The eight-episode drama will premiere in 2015 and follows Maria Abascal, a female mercenary demon hunter who lives in Savannah, Georgia. She also has a demon inside her named Abigail who feeds off the evil Maria exorcises from others and will not go lightly.

V-Wars
IDW Entertainment and Entertainment One Television are developing a direct-to-series adaptation of Jonathan Maberry's just released IDW comic title "V-Wars". Tim Schlattmann ("Dexter," "Smallville") is attached to pen the pilot.

The story is set in a world transformed by a catastrophic environmental event that releases a millennial-old virus. Once triggered, the virus affects individuals differently depending on their DNA - resulting in vampires as unique as their cultures.

Source: THR

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