Jordan Peele, who is coming off a stellar first half of 2017, will executive produce a new supernatural drama series titled Lovecraft Country for HBO, based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff.
Lovecraft Country is a horror anthology series that follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950’s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. They must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback. The goal is an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective.
J.J. Abrams has also come on board with Peele as an executive producer through his Bad Robot production company, and the series will be written by Underground co-creator and showrunner Misha Green. “When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television,” Green says. HBO reportedly gave the one-hour drama the green light to go straight to series.
As it was mentioned before, Jordan Peele has had an incredible year, with his film Get Out grossing more than any original film debut in history. The director recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, who will develop Peele’s next film – an untitled social thriller – which he will write, direct, and produce based on his original idea. In addition, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, as he did with Get Out. Lovecraft Country is but one of the many projects Peele is spearheading as a creative overseer.
No news yet on an air date for Lovecraft Country or any casting news but keep it here on GEEK for any updates.
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