'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele's Next Project Is A Book-To-TV Adaptation
Another acclaimed novel is getting the TV-series treatment, and fans of science fiction and horror are going to love this one. Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele will adapt Lovecraft Country for HBO. Matt Ruff's 2016 novel is the latest in a long line of books to be optioned as premium television series, including The Handmaid's Tale, American Gods, and Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher series.
Lovecraft Country centers on Atticus Turner, a 22-year-old veteran who sets out to find his father, Montrose, after the older man goes missing in 1954. Atticus, his uncle George, and his friend Letitia, all sci-fi fans, embark on a cross-country road trip from Chicago to Massachusetts, through the heart of Jim Crow-era New England. Their journey leads them to the Braithwaite estate, where they discover that Montrose has been held in chains and placed at the center of a secret ritual for the Order of the Ancient Dawn. Lovecraft Country received a number of accolades, including a Locus Award nomination.
The novel title comes from the trope of the same name. According to tvtropes.org, "Lovecraft Country" describes:
Peele hearkened back to H.P. Lovecraft's body of work in Get Out, naming a family after Miskatonic University Librarian Henry Armitage.
In a Wednesday blog post, Ruff writes that Lovecraft Country was optioned by Warner Bros. Television in 2016, with Peele and three others — J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Misha Green (Underground), and Ben Stephenson (The Fall) — to executive produce. HBO announced Tuesday that the Lovecraft Country "one-hour drama ... has been given a straight-to-series order," with Green as showrunner.