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Still riding the high from the success of his directorial debut, the horror film Get Out, Jordan Peele is set to executive produce the new HBO series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, which has been given a straight-to-series order. He will produce with his Monkeypaw Productions banner alongside J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television.
The series, based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff, is set in 1950s America while the Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation were in effect. It follows Atticus Black, a 25-year-old on a quest across the country to find his missing father with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George. During their journeys, they must confront both racist as well as supernatural terrors.
Misha Green, the co-creator and showrunner of Underground, will write and executive produce the show.
Peele has recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures and they will develop Peele’s next film, another social thriller. He first gained fame through his sketch comedy show Key & Peele with his creative partner Keegan-Michael Key and will next lend his voice to the film Captain Underpants which comes out this summer. He’s repped by CAA and Principato-Young Entertainment.
Green has primarily worked in television. Prior to Underground, she was a writer on shows like Helix and Spartacus. Currently, she’s writing the screenplays for the horror film Blood and an untitled supernatural film at Paramount. She’s repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor