Jordan Peele is on a quest for world domination. At least as it relates to movies and TV. The Get Out director is teaming up with Underground showrunner Misha Greene, and it looks like Peele is embracing another race-based project. Per Deadline:
Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is teaming with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television on Lovecraft Country, a one-hour drama that has been given a straight-to-series order by HBO. The pilot will be written by Underground executive producer/showrunner/writer Misha Green. Peele will be exec producer along with Green, Abrams and Ben Stephenson. Green will be showrunner.
There is connective tissue to Peele’s breakout genre feature Get Out, which brought a Black Lives Matter theme to the horror genre. Lovecraft Country, the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black. After his father goes missing, Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. The goal is an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective.
I have yet to read Lovecraft Country, but I’m definitely putting it on my “must-read, but I have other books I’m reading so I won’t get to it for a while” list. It’s a long list. No word on when the series hits HBO, but I’m hoping it’s soon. Very soon.