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Jordan Peele Teams With Bad Robot for HBO Drama Series
Jordan Peele is getting back into the television game.
HBO has handed out a straight-to-series order for Lovecraft Country, a drama series from the Get Out writer-director. Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the hourlong show be written by Underground executive producer and writer Misha Green, who will also serve as showrunner.
The drama — described as an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective — hails from Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, as well as Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Peele and Green will executive produce alongside Bad Robot's J.J Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
Lovecraft Country follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his childhood friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. The journey sets off their fight to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and malevolent spirits.
The news of the series order comes not long after Peele's production company set a first-look film deal with Universal Pictures, the studio behind his critical and commercial hit Get Out. Peele first formed Monkeypaw in 2012 while starring on the Emmy-winning Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele.
Peele is repped by CAA, Principato-Young and Jared Levine.