Jordan Peele is officially planning his return to television.
HBO has announced a straight-to-series order for “Lovecraft Country” today. Based on a book of the same name by Matt Ruff, it is described as an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective. “Underground” executive producer and writer, Misha Green, will pen the script for “Lovecraft Country.” Peele will also serve as an executive producer on the new series, alongside J.J Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
The book follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, when he joins up with his friend, Letitia, and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in the pursuit of finding his missing father. Along the way, they must fight to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
This news also comes at a time when Peele has more power and influence in the entertainment industry than he ever has before. After making a name for himself alongside Keegan Michael-Key for the Comedy Central sketch series, “Key & Peele,” Peele broke records earlier this year with the release of his critically-acclaimed feature directorial debut, the horror-thriller, “Get Out.”
“Lovecraft Country” continues Peele’s pursuit of telling African-American stories from African-American perspectives, and with the producing help of J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, this should make sure “Lovecraft Country” winds up being a sizable endeavor for both HBO and everyone involved in the series, creatively.
No other details from “Lovecraft Country” have been revealed as of yet, but make sure to keep checking back for more updates as they come.