It’s been announced that Key & Peele star and Get Out director Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television are joining forces for an HBO horror anthology series titled Lovecraft Country.
The one-hour supernatural drama series is based on the novel of the same name by author Matt Ruff, and HBO has already given the project a straight-to-series order.
Here’s part of the book’s description from Amazon:
The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.
Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.
A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.
Peele brought Lovecraft Country to Bad Robot and brought in Misha Green, who was most recently showrunner, writer, and executive producer on WGN’s Underground, to be the showrunner. Green also wrote and produced episodes on Syfy’s Helix, and worked on the scripts for episodes of Sons of Anarchy, Heroes, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: War of the Damned.
Of the announcement, Green said:
“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.”
Executive producing is Peele, Abrams, Green, and Ben Stephenson.
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