Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams to co-produce upcoming HBO series
Following the huge success of his debut film, Get Out, writer and director Jordan Peele will co-executive produce Lovecraft, a new series set to premiere on HBO.
The show is based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, a horror story that follows 25-year-old Atticus Black as he travels across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. On his journey, Black must face both the terrors of racism in white America and more even more disturbing and unnatural forces that plague the Southern landscape.
The book, released in 2016, earned the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror, drawing inspiration from American fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s weird and wonderful brand of terrifying storytelling.
The Key & Peele star will be joined on the production team by some big entertainment names. Peele’s company, Monkeypaw Productions, will partnering with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, as well as ex-Director of BBC Drama, Ben Stephenson, to create the series.
Lovecraft’s pilot episode will also be written by Underground producer and writer, Misha Green.
Peele’s breakout film, Get Out, quickly reached critical acclaim after its release earlier this year, earning a massive $215 million at the box office worldwide. Like Lovecraft, the low-budget psychological thriller explores racism in America with a horrifying and supernatural twist.
The film centres around a young African-American man, Chris Washington, who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate for the weekend. When he arrives, he quickly realises that the family is not entirely what they seem.
The success of the film has earned Peele a contract with Universal pictures, who will produce his next project: an original, currently unnamed social drama also to be written and directed by Peele.