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How Much Money is Netflix Putting into ‘Hemlock Grove?’

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Independent of embarrassing mishaps like that “Qwikster” nonsense, it would seem that Netflix has quite a bit of money to burn these days.  There’s that prized acquisition of the rights to new ‘Arrested Development‘ episodes, doubling down on the Kevin Spacey drama ‘House of Cards‘ with a two-season order, and even a renewal for Steve Van Zandt’s ‘Lillyhammer.’

Still those might pale in comparison to the money being sunk into upcoming supernatural scare-fest ‘Hemlock Grove,’ according to the latest report.

Created and produced by horror magnate Eli Roth, and starring Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard and Dougray Scott, ‘Hemlock Grove’ might be Netflix’s most expensive production to date, according to a recent report.  Short of a month ago, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that filming for ‘Hemlock Grove’ would not take place in Pittsburgh after all, but made note of the fact that the series’ budget cashes in at about $40 million for a 13-episode season.

That’s about $3 million dollars per episode, folks.  That’s more than most major network shows put into a 22-23 episode season.   By contrast, even shows with tremendously high production value like ‘Game of Thrones‘ budget about $70 million for a ten-episode season.

Set to debut in early 2013 and based on the original novel by Brian McReedy. ‘Hemlock Grove’ follows the murder of a young Pennsylvania girl near the former Godfrey steel mill. Suspected is an escapee from the “White Tower,” a biotech facility owned by the former steel magnates, while others believe the killer to be Peter, a teenage Gypsy boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who freakishly tells his classmates he’s a werewolf. Other suspects include Roman (Skarsgard), the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Janssen), the otherworldly beautiful and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove.

What say you?  Does the high budget for major talent like Eli Roth convince you to check out ‘Hemlock Grove’ when it arrives next year, or is it likely to be one big dud?  Give us your thoughts in the comments below!

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