Indiewire has confirmed that Jordan Peele and HBO have reached a deal for Peele to produce the horror anthology series Lovecraft Country.
Peele, with his production company Monkeypaw Productions, will produce the show alongside J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions as well as Misha Green, who will also work as showrunner. Jordan Peele wrote and directed the highly popular horror-thriller Get Out that took everybody by storm earlier this year, with critics raving over its compelling social commentary and the strong writing/direction by Peele. Before Get Out, Peele was best known from his comedy skit show Key & Peele, which he created with friend and fellow comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who he met when both worked on MadTV.
Lovecraft Country will be based off of Matt Rush’s 2016 novel of the same name. The novel centers on Atticus Black, a 22 year old who goes on a journey to search for his missing father. His Uncle George and friend Letitia join him on his trip. During their travels, the three must deal with both potent racism and evil spirits as they work their way through the American south in their search for Black’s father. In this respect, Lovecraft Country has thematic links to Peele’s smash-hit Get Out, which also involved doling out serious social commentary on racism through the horror genre.
The series has no release date as of yet.