HBO is about to take a trip down to the good ol’ eldritch countryside, with Jordan Peele leading the way. The network has just ordered a straight-to-series adaptation of the “Lovecraft Country” book series, and has already secured some big names as executive producers.
This new series, based on the books by Matt Ruff, combines the racism of 1950s Jim Crow America with the eldritch dread of an H.P. Lovecraft story. Published in early 2016, “Lovecraft Country” has been met with critical acclaim, as well as a Goodreads Choice Awards Best Horror nomination, for its unique exploration of the conjunction between horror fiction and racism. On any other network, no doubt the horror and cruelty displayed within the book would have to be censored, but HBO is not beholden to any such restrictions, making it the best place for the series to air.
Jordan Peele, having proven himself an expert in thriller and horror with “Get Out,” is an excellent choice for such a topic, and he’ll serve as executive producer through Monkeypaw Productions. In addition, J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson will join him as fellow executive producers, along with Misha Green (co-creator and showrunner for “Underground”), who will also serve as a writer for the show.
The release date and casting details have not yet been revealed, but more information will be made available in time. Until then, let us know your thoughts, and keep an eye on G33k-HQ for more news on “Lovecraft Country.”