Jordan Peele Moves Away From ‘Akira’ and Into ‘Lovecraft Country’

Jordan Peele has a new project lined up, and it’s not Akira. The writer-director’s Monkeypaw Productions will team up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Brothers Television for Lovecraft Country. The series will air on HBO.

The one-hour drama has been described as an anthology horror series, based on the novel by Matt Ruff. It sounds like the show will share some of the same racially-charged social thriller themes as Peele’s breakout film, Get Out.

Lovecraft Country focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black. After his father goes missing, Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

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The pilot will be written by Misha Green, perhaps better known as the co-creator and showrunner of Underground. As reported by Deadline, Peele brought the Lovecraft Country novel to Bad Robot and enlisted Green.

“When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television,” Green said. “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.”

Peele has also secured a first-look deal with Universal Studios for his next film, which is said to be an unwritten social thriller.

Honestly, at this point, I would follow Peele into the fiery pits of Hell. The man has an undeniable talent and a ton of ideas that will hopefully get fleshed out. With the success of other dark literature TV adaptations – such as Preacher and American Gods – I’m excited to see where this project goes.


For more Jordan Peele, check out our review of Get Out.

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