Lovecraft Country Heads to HBO, Helmed by Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele has been slated to produce the HBO adaptation of Lovecraft Country, a 2016 novel by Matt Ruff. Set in the 1950’s, the story follows Atticus Black as he embarks on a road trip to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. Accompanied by his friend, Leticia, and his uncle, George, Atticus travels across Jim Crow era America, confronted by powerful racism and malevolent spirits.

Peele is no stranger to such sensitive subject matter. In his 2017 debut film Get Out, Peele masterfully tackles the horrors of contemporary racism by using an epic amount of creepiness. The film was lauded by critics and moviegoers, alike, proving that after five successful seasons of Comedy Central’s, Key & Peele, releasing a genre film was a calculated and more than worthwhile risk.

   

J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, are also attached to the series. The project was given the green light after Peele convinced Abrams and Bad Robot to collaborate with his production company, Monkeypaw Productions. Abrams will act as an executive producer alongside Peele and Misha Green (Underground). Green was recruited by Peele and has agreed to write the first episode. Green told Deadline,

When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television. Jordan, JJ, Bad Robot, Warner Bros., and HBO are all in the business of pushing the limits when it comes to storytelling, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them on this project.

Lovecraft Country will be unique in its approach when translating the book for television; the novel’s storyline will be adapted into hour long episodes in the form of an anthology. There is no news regarding cast or a release date, but knowing the extensive reach of Peele and Abrams, we’re sure that this will be a fantastical journey with engaging leads.

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Heather Powderly

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