Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out is one of the biggest successes of 2017, declared by The Wrap as “the most profitable film of the year.” While his fingers are still in many pies, Terror Time has announced Peele will return to horror with a television series adaptation of Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel Lovecraft Country.
Lovecraft Country is set in the 1950’s and follows African American sci-fi fan Atticus Turner as he and his family travel through the Jim Crow south in search of Turner’s father, who has been taken by a racist secret society. Mixing the themes of H.P Lovecraft with the real life horrors faced by many African-Americans, Lovecraft Country was hailed as “a tense thriller, a terrifying nightmare, a heartbreaking tragedy, and a tale of holding onto aspiration and optimism even while being chased through the woods by a hell beast from another dimension” by Alex Brown of Tor.com.
Jordan Peele rose to fame on sketch comedies Mad TV and Key & Peele, but he truly exploded onto the film scene with directorial debut Get Out. He is currently working on a reboot of Police Academy and has a featured role in Evan Marlowe’s upcoming horror film Abruptio.
The series will be developed by HBO, with Peele and J.J. Abrams as executive producers. Underground creator Misha Green will act as showrunner. Per HBO’s production schedule, Lovecraft Country should be on TV screens by late 2018.