The Director Of 'Get Out' Is Working On A Horror TV Show Based On Jim Crow America
Jordan Peele, the writer and director of Get Out, has found his next project in a horror series set to air on HBO.
The upcoming TV show will be an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s 2016 horror novel Lovecraft Country, a story which highlights the challenges that African-Americans faced in 1950’s Jim Crow America.
In the novel, a young man named Atticus tries to rescue his missing father from a deadly secret society. The rescue mission takes a terrifying turn, however, when Atticus and his friends encounter some pretty severe racial aggression, alongside a sudden onslaught of horrific, supernatural beings. Sounds intense.
HBO has given Lovecraft Country a straight-to-series order, and the show will be designed around an anthology format. The series will see Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions team up with J.J. Abrams’ (Lost, Cloverfield) production company – Bad Robot – alongside Warner Bros Television.
Jordan Peele will also executive-produce the series, whilst Underground’s Misha Green will write the pilot and act as showrunner.
When speaking on her decision to work with Peele on the Lovecraft Country adaptation, Misha Green explained that it was Ruff’s novel that persuaded her:
“When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television. 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 previously explained that his motivations behind Get Out lay heavily in his desire to send a message about racism in America. The plot contained themes of cultural appropriation and racial prejudice, so Lovecraft Country may just be the perfect tale when it comes to translating issues of that same vein onto the silver screen.
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