By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The eldritch author’s mythos is transferred to America of the ’50s in the upcoming series based on Matt Ruff’s novel.
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts on HBO in August, executive produced by Misha Green, who also serves as showrunner, J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange (who also directed Episode 1), Daniel Sackheim (who also directed Episodes 2 and 3) and David Knoller (executive producer on Episode 1). It stars Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis and Abbey Lee; the synopsis: “The series follows Atticus Freeman [Majors] as he joins up with his friend Letitia [Smollett-Bell] and his Uncle George [Vance] to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father [Williams]. 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.”