Known for his hit comedy show, Key & Peele and the highly praised film Get Out, Jordan Peele is now working on a horror series based off of Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, Lovecraft Country. The novel is set in the 1950s and is about a young black man named Atticus who’s searching for his missing father. Atticus is accompanied by his friend and uncle, and together they go through the harsh realities of living in Jim Crow America while embarking on their journey.
Peele’s film debut, Get Out, is a gripping thriller that touches on racism with a mixture of satire and horror. Lovecraft Country would be a fitting transition as Peele expressed that he wanted to work on social thrillers, and so a series about the challenges of living in Jim Crow America would be a good choice for Peele, who enjoys tackling issues that are still relevant today.
Peele will be teaming up with Warner Bros. Television and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot on the show. Misha Green, who has worked on Underground, will be working on the pilot episode and as a show runner. Green told Deadline that she’s beyond thrilled to be working on the project with Peele and HBO. Green states that when she first read Lovecraft Country, she knew that it will be “unlike anything else on television.” Green hopes that her team will be successful in pushing the limits of storytelling.
It’s unknown when HBO will be debuting the series, but we should be getting a first look soon.