When The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company were teaming up for a “drama” I had mixed feelings. Peele’s Get Out is a contender for best horror movie of 2017 and Bad Robot has produced gems like Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, but a drama? (*Yawn*). Thankfully, Peele took to Twitter to clarify what the project is really about, and now I’m certain it’s something horror fans will want to keep an eye out for!
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) May 16, 2017
“Lovecraft Country is more of a social thriller/horror/sci fi/ based on Matt Ruff’s book; the amazing Misha Green [Underground] will helm the show!”
Now that’s something I can get behind!
Described as an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective — hails from Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, as well as Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Lovecraft Country follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his childhood friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. The journey sets off their fight to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and malevolent spirits.
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To be clear, saying Green will helm the show is a bit of an understatement; in addition to showrunner, her titles include Head Writer and Executive Producer. Airing on HBO (premiere date unknown)Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. Check out the synopsis for the book below.
Official Synopsis: The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.
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. (Purchase on Amazon, HERE)