The series composers have been announced for HBO’s Lovecraft Country, executive produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), Misha Green (Underground, Helix), and J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek), per The Hollywood Reporter. Award-winning composers Raphael Saadiq (Mudbound, Brown Sugar) and Laura Karpman (Underground, Paris Can Wait) will score the series.
Lovecraft Country is based on author Matt Ruff’s novel under the same name. It “follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Major, The Last Black Man in San Francisco) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance, The Hunt for Red October) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams, The Wire). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback” (HBO).
Saadiq has won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for his work on the song “Love of my Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)” and has been nominated for 14 more Grammy Awards. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Mighty River,” from the 2018 movie Mudbound (directed by Dee Rees). Karpman won two News & Documentary Emmy Awards in 1998 and 1999 for Outstanding Achievement in a Craft in News and Documentary Programming – Music for scoring the PBS nature documentary, The Living Edens. She was also nominated for four other News & Documentary Emmy Awards, one Daytime Emmy Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Karpman and Saadiq have previously worked together on Fox Searchlight Pictures’ musical drama film, Black Nativity (directed by Kasi Lemmons), based on the Langston Hughes play of the same name.