It’s only been a few days after his victory at the Oscars, and Get Out’s Jordan Peele has found his way into the commercial spotlight once more. Roughly ten months ago, Deadline announced that Peele – with his own Monkeypaw Productions – would be teaming up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, and Warner Bros Television to produce an HBO series adaptation of author Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel Lovecraft Country. The project also consists of producer – and the pilot episode writer – Misha Green (Underground) and Ben Stephenson as their showrunner.
As for the director and executive producer of the first episode, Deadline broke that the team has just announced Yann Demange will fill both these roles for Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country.
For our readers who may not have read Lovecraft Country, the summary of the book reads as such:
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. (Via Amazon)
The books summary does not bare much difference in contrast to the plot of HBO’s Lovecraft Country:
Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. (Via Deadline)
If you’re unfamiliar with Demenge as a director, then it would be appropriate to peek into his credentials as a director. The UK based director oversaw the projects Dead Set, ’71, and Top Boy.
Dead Set revolves around a comedic plot of Big Brother season going completely wrong when it’s disrupted by hordes of undead swarming the hosting mansion; Top Boy is a series about two young men trying to ascend the ranks of the world of drugs and gang violence, all the while negatively affecting those close to them; and ’71 is a film about a British soldier who is abandoned by his unit during a riot taking place within “Catholic Nationalists vs Irish Protestants” Belfast, Ulster.
Whether it concerns government overreach of civilians, a civil war, or gang violence, Demange is familiar with portraying severe social topics in the form of cinema or television.
It would seem that with the combined experience of horror and sci-fi narratives paired with issues within the real world, fans of Peele and Lovecraft can expect the anthology series to be insightful and entertaining; accordingly, this is also not to forget to mention the unnervingly suspenseful moments between being hunted by slithering daemons and the most conniving monster to ever grace earth: our “fellow,” man.
If want more news on the up and coming horror fiend, Jordan Peele, then you should absolutely check out our article covering Peele’s victory at the Oscars!