After the enormous success of his directorial debut Get Out, Jordan Peele has been signed on by HBO to direct Matt Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country. With his unique brand of storytelling, Peele seems to be the perfect candidate to tell this tale.
On his website, Ruff describes 2016’s Lovecraft Country this way:
Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-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 Samuel Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both the mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.
Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal, the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to perform 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 still haunts us today.
J.J. Abrams is signed on as an executive producer as well as Mischa Green. Green is the one who will be in charge of the project. “When I first read Lovecraft Country, I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television,” Green said in a statement provided to Deadline. “Jordan, JJ, Bad Robot, Warner Bros. and HBO are all in the business of pushing the limits when it comes to storytelling, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them on this project,” she added.
I am really excited to see where this will go. Jordan Peele has such a knack for storytelling and this project seems perfect for him. His subtlety on taking on racial issues is beyond anything I have seen put to the screen. Here’s hoping he can bring this series to life in such a way that will attract a huge audience.