Jordan Peele, 'Underground' Creator to Adapt 'Lovecraft Country' Series for HBO

Jordan Peele, 'Underground' Creator to Adapt 'Lovecraft Country' Series for HBO

Jordan Peele, 'Underground' Creator to Adapt 'Lovecraft Country' Series for HBO

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot will be producing the series alongside Peele / Monkeypaw and Warner Bros.

While Peele and Abrams will be executive producers, the actual work of writing the initial scripts and running the show (it's on a straight-to-series deal) will fall to Misha Green, who most recently co-created and oversaw U.S. drama Underground.

But, to add a big cherry on top of this delicious sundae, they also announced that Jordan Peele will be an executive producer on the show.

Director of this year's standout thriller "Get Out" Jordan Peele is putting on the hat of executive producer for HBO series "Lovecraft Country". Green will be showrunner.

While Turner is forced to deal with the very real struggles facing black men living in 1950s America at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, he's also confronted by a series of supernatural dangers seemingly haunting the area he's travelling to - commonly referred to as Lovecraft Country.

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"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". They must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

"When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television", Green said. The film, about a black man who discovers a dark secret at his Caucasian girlfriend's family estate, has grossed nearly $215 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget.

Peele's last television venture was his Comedy Central sketch comedy series Key & Peele, which ran until September of 2015.

Peele is repped by CAA, Principato-Young and Jared Levine, and Green by CAA and attorney Nina Shaw.

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