Despite the huge critical acclaim, relevancy and multiple award nominations for its ground-breaking first season, word comes via industry site Deadline that HBO has surprisingly decided against a second season of Lovecraft Country. Though no scripts had been written for the second run, a massive and comprehensive ‘series bible’ had been established and it was expected to move forward sooner rather than later.
The first run was based on the 2016 novel by Mark Ruff starred the likes of True Blood‘s Jurnee Smollett, Da 5 Bloods‘ Jonathan Majors, Loki‘s Wunmi Mosaku and Michael Kenneth Williams and involved a black family encountering both the supernatural monsters of HP Lovecraft but also the human monsters of prejudice in 1950s America. It was hard-hitting and timely and considered one of the major television events of the last year.
Series creator Misha Green revealed in the wake of the cancellation news that the new run (which would have been entitled Lovecraft Country: Supremacy) would have featured a very different version of America – an alternative history with a continent called the Sovereign States of America, essentially divided into four areas and still full of a variety of dangers.
Green herself will be kept busy, despite the loss of Lovecraft Country… she is directing the next Tomb Raider movie with Alicia Vikander and will also helm Cleopatra Jones and another action-feature, Fuel.