By Sharee Silerio
Jordan Peele is on fire! After the wild success of “Get Out”, a first-look deal with Universal Pictures and a record breaking debut film, he’s on his way to make more history with art that imitates life.
In partnership with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, Peele will executive produce an hour-long horror anthology series for HBO called “Lovecraft Country”, based on the novel by Matt Ruff of the same name.
The book is described by author Ruff as “A novel of Jim Crow America that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.”
“Lovecraft Country” has favorable reviews from fans, who voted for it a Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Finalist. It also won a Barnes and Noble Best Horror of 2016 award.
On Twitter, Peele said that the show will be a social thriller, horror and sci-fi rolled in one program.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) May 16, 2017
Misha Glenn, executive producer, creator and writer of “Underground”, will pen the script for the HBO series, and will also be the project’s showrunner. She is excited to be on board, especially since she’ll be calling the shots on the storyline.
— Misha Green (@MishaGreen) May 16, 2017
On Amazon, where the book has a 4.3 out of 5 star rating, the novel’s synopsis is fascinating:
“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.”
From film to television and back, Peele is creating a new wave in horror and thriller, adding social consciousness to the mix and leading the way in producing content that follows and breaks the rules of traditional genres.
What are your thoughts on this new series?