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Get Out’s Jordan Peele is taking us to Lovecraft Country

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Jordan Peele’s Get Out has been doing wonders at the box office, but it seems he will be heading back to TV for his next project.

HBO has handed out a straight-to-series order for Lovecraft Country, a drama series from the Get Out writer-director, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. According to THR, the show will be written by Underground executive producer and writer Misha Green, who will also serve as showrunner.

It is a fantastic book and should work well as a TV show. Here is the book 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.

Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, as well as Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television are bringing us the show. Peele and Green will executive produce alongside Bad Robot’s J.J Abrams and Ben Stephenson.

Lots of potential for this one. I cannot wait to see what they do with it.

Thanks to Abdessamia My Abdellah for the headsup.

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