Lovecraft Country (TV series)

Lovecraft Country is an upcoming American drama horror television series developed by Misha Green based on 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. It is set to premiere on August 16, 2020, on HBO.[1] The series is produced by Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers including Jordan Peele, Green, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. The story is about a young African American, who travels across the 1950s segregated United States in search of his missing father.

Lovecraft Country
Genre
Based onLovecraft Country
by Matt Ruff
Developed byMisha Green
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkHBO
External links
Website

PremiseEdit

Lovecraft Country follows "Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback."[2]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

  • Courtney B. Vance as George Black, Atticus' warm, funny and well-read uncle.
  • Jamie Harris as Eustace Hunt, the county sheriff.
  • Jamie Chung as Ji-Ah, a seemingly naive nursing student who is more than what she seems.
  • Jordan Patrick Smith as William, Christina's henchman and lover.
  • Jamie Neumann as Hillary
  • Erica Tazel as Dora Freeman
  • Mac Brandt as Lancaster
  • Tony Goldwyn as Samuel Braithwhite, patriarch of his family, who views people as assets and objects and outsiders — including his daughter Christina — as inferiors.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1TBAYann Demange[2]Misha Green[3]August 16, 2020 (2020-08-16)[1]TBD

The ten episodes of the series include:[4][a]

  • "A History of Violence", teleplay by Misha Green; story by Wes Taylor
  • "Full Circle", teleplay by Misha Green; story by Belinda Ihuoma Ofordire
  • "Holy Ghost", teleplay by Misha Green
  • "I Am", teleplay by Misha Green and Shannon Houston
  • "Jig-a-Bobo", teleplay by Misha Green and Belinda Ihuoma Ofordire
  • "Lovecraft Country", teleplay by Misha Green
  • "Meet Me in the Daegu", teleplay by Misha Green and Kevin Lau
  • "Rewind 1921", teleplay by Misha Green & Jonathan Kidd & Sonya Winton
  • "Strange Case", teleplay by Misha Green & Jonathan Kidd & Sonya Winton
  • "Whitey's on the Moon", teleplay by Misha Green

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On May 16, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given a series order to Lovecraft Country. Executive producers include Misha Green, Jordan Peele, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. Additionally, Green serves as the series' showrunner and wrote the pilot episode. Production companies involved in the series include Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television. It was reported that Peele originally brought the project to Bad Robot Productions and enlisted Green to develop the show.[3][6][7][8]

On March 5, 2018, it was announced that Yann Demange would direct and executive produce the pilot episode.[2][9][10]

CastingEdit

On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Jurnee Smollett-Bell had been cast as the series' female lead.[11] On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Jonathan Majors had joined the main cast as the series' male lead.[12] A day later, it was reported that Wunmi Mosaku had also been cast as a series regular.[13] On June 19, 2018, it was announced that Aunjanue Ellis and Elizabeth Debicki had been cast as series regulars and that Courtney B. Vance had joined the series in a recurring capacity.[14] On October 10, 2018, it was reported that Michael Kenneth Williams had been cast in a leading role.[15] On June 14, 2019, it was reported that Abbey Lee had replaced Elizabeth Debicki in the role of Christina Braithwaite, whilst Jamie Chung and Jordan Patrick Smith had been cast in recurring roles.[16] On June 20, 2019, it was announced that Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel, and Mac Brandt had been cast in recurring capacities.[17] In July 2019, Tony Goldwyn joined the cast.[18]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography for the series began on July 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.[19] Filming also reportedly took place at the Chicago Cinespace Film Studios[20] in Elburn, Illinois[21] and White Pines State Park in Mount Morris, Illinois,[22] and Macon, Georgia.[23]

ReleaseEdit

Lovecraft Country is set to premiere on August 16, 2020, on HBO, and will consist of ten episodes.[24][4][1]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Episodes are currently ordered as they appear on the Writers Guild of America West website.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "New Drama Series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Debuts August 16, Exclusively On HBO". WarnerMedia. July 1, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2018). "'Lovecraft Country': Yann Demange To Direct HBO Series From Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (May 16, 2017). "'Get Out's Jordan Peele Teams With WBTV, HBO & Bad Robot For 'Lovecraft Country' Drama Series; Misha Green Writing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Seddon, Dan (May 2, 2020). "Star Wars' JJ Abrams unveils trailer for spooky new series Lovecraft Country". DigitalSpy. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Lovecraft Country". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 16, 2017). "Jordan Peele to Produce HBO Series 'Lovecraft Country' With J.J. Abrams, Misha Green". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Sokol, Tony (May 16, 2017). "Jordan Peele to Produce Lovecraft Country for HBO". Den of Geek. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (May 16, 2017). "Jordan Peele Teams With Bad Robot for HBO Drama Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (March 5, 2018). "Yann Demange Joins Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams for HBO's 'Lovecraft Country'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Boucher, Ashley (March 5, 2018). "Jordan Peele, JJ Abrams' HBO Series Adds Yann Demage". TheWrap. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2018). "'Lovecraft Country': Jurnee Smollett-Bell To Star In HBO Series From Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams & Misha Green". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 2, 2018). "'Lovecraft Country': Jonathan Majors To Star In HBO Series From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (May 3, 2018). "'Lovecraft': Wunmi Mosaku Cast In HBO Series From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 19, 2018). "'Lovecraft Country': Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis & Elizabeth Debicki Join HBO Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (October 10, 2018). "'Lovecraft Country': Michael Kenneth Williams Cast In HBO Series From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 14, 2019). "'Lovecraft Country': Abbey Lee Joins In Recasting, Daniel Sackheim Set As EP/Director, Jamie Chung & Jordan Patrick Smith To Recur On HBO Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (June 20, 2019). "'Lovecraft Country': Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel & Mac Brandt To Recur On HBO Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  18. ^ Petski, Denis (July 10, 2019). "'Lovecraft Country': Tony Goldwyn Joins Cast Of HBO Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  19. ^ "Monday, July 16 Filming Locations for You're The Worst, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, The Chi, John Wick 3, & more! - On Location Vacations". On Location Vacations. July 15, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Patton, Daniel (July 9, 2018). "Cinespace adds new Chicago facility". Reel Chicago. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Bachman, Tyler (June 28, 2018). "Elburn Will Be Filming Site for New HBO Series Next Month". WSPY News. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "HBO gives sneak peak at 'Lovecraft Country' series, filmed in Mount Morris". WTVO. November 11, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  23. ^ Plaskowsky, Andrew (May 1, 2020). "HBO releases 'Lovecraft Country' trailer with shots of downtown Macon". WMAZ. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  24. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (May 1, 2020). "HBO's Trip to Lovecraft Country Takes a Horrifying Turn in First Trailer — Watch". TVLine. Retrieved May 1, 2020.

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