Jordan Peele has been in extremely high demand following the debut of his highly successful horror-thriller Get Out. Every studio has been trying to get him to lend his talents to their more high-profile projects, such as Warner Bros’ live-action Akira adaptation. Peele has remained adamant that he is foregoing big tentpole films in favor of more original content, which has had fans waiting anxiously for him to announce his sophomore effort. While that is still unknown, we do have news of where he will lend his producing talents next.
According to a report by The Wrap, Peele and his company Monkeypaw Productions are partnering with Misha Green (creator of the TV series Underground) and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to produce a horror anthology series for HBO called Lovecraft Country, based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff which follows the journey of 25-year-old Atticus Black, his friend Letitia and his Uncle George across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of Black’s missing father. Along the way, the trio will encounter not only horrific racism but other more supernatural horrors involving Lovecraftian denizens. Green will write the pilot and serve as showrunner as well as producing alongside Peele.
The aim with the series is said to be to “[reclaim] genre storytelling from the African-American perspective,” which is definitely the direction Get Out paved the way for. The current cultural climate is clamoring for more representation of People of Color in genre fiction, and if there’s any duo fit to bring that to us, it’s Peele and Green.
Check back for more information on this project as it becomes available.
Source: The Wrap