Get Out director Jordan Peele teaming up with JJ Abrams for HBO horror series Lovecraft Country

“An anthological series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective"

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Get Out has grossed over $200 million worldwide from a $4.5 million budget, quickly becoming 2017’s most-talked about success story. 

Jordan Peele — who wrote and directed the film — has been reaping the rewards ever since, signing a lucrative first-look deal with Universal studios. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has ordered the Peele-produced series Lovecraft Country, an hour-ling show based on Matt Ruff’s book of the same name.

Excitingly, J.J. Abrams — who recently worked with HBO on Westworld — will also executively produce, with their production companies Monkeypaw Productions and Bad Robot Productions, along with Warner Bros. Television, all on board.

Lovecraft Country follows the 25-year-old black man named Atticus Turner who ventures across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. The journey sees Atticus, aloof with childhood friend Letitia and his Uncle George overcome “both the racist terrors of white America and malevolent spirits”, the book having been inspired by H. P. Lovecraft’s horror tales. 

The series has been described as “an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective”. 

Meanwhile, Peele’s involvement with the Akira remake has been somewhat talked down, the director saying: “Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”

In the same interview with Blumhouse, Peele spoke about a Get Out sequel, saying: “Look, I feel like there’s much more depth to the world [of Get Out]. I would only deliver the audience a sequel if I felt like I was going to beat the original. So you know, I’m on the case. I’m on the case.”