This is not a drill. Jordan Peele is making an HBO series. I repeat, this is not a drill. Nooice! Coming off the wildfire success of his directorial debut Get Out, Peele is heading to the cable network for a series adaptation of Lovecraft Country. Based on Matt Ruff‘s novel of the same name, the hour-long drama will be written by Underground‘s Misha Green, who will also take on the role of showrunner. Per THR, Lovecraft Country is described as “an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective” and has been ordered straight to series by HBO.
The drama will team Peele’s Monkey Paw Productions with Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. Peele and Green will also executive produce alongside J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
Lovecraft Country follows a young man named Atticus Black, who sets out on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America with his childhood friend Letitia and his Uncle George after his father goes missing. On their journey, the trio comes up against “both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.”
If you’ve seen Get Out or Key and Peele (and if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch both pronto), you know that Peele’s most inspired ideas tend to come when he’s ruminating on social issues, especially racism in its many forms. He’s also just a big ol’ genre nerd. Basically, this is a perfect project for him and with a home at HBO, Peele has the freedom to go as dark and challenging as he wants with the promise of production value. Sign. Me. The. Fuck. Up.
Here’s the synopsis for Lovecraft Country, via 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. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction. 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.