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It looks like Jordan Peele is making good on his promise to release more “social thrillers.”

The mastermind behind the box office hit, Get Out, will be working with director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: the Force Awakens), Misha Green (Underground), and Warner Brothers Television to bring to life an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s, Lovecraft Country.

Publisher Harper Collins summarizes the novel, which hints at many thematic similarities to Peele’s directorial debut:

“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. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.”

Peele has successfully proven his creative talents encompass more than light-hearted comedy, garnering him offers to create offbeat films, such as a live-action adaptation of Akira, which he turned down earlier this year.

“Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content?” he said at an event for Get Out’s DVD release. “At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”

He’s specifically expressed an interest in exploring the ominous side of human nature.

“The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings…monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons,” he said.

Misha Green told Deadline that he’s excited about working on the project. 

 “Jordan, JJ, Bad Robot, Warner Bros, and HBO are all in the business of pushing the limits when it comes to storytelling, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them on this project,” he said.

The drama has been given a straight-to-series order by HBO, and will air in hour long episodes. 

 

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