ELBURN – Route 47 was transformed into a 1950s small town for two days this week during filming of a new HBO series called “Lovecraft Country.”
The shooting included period awnings and signs, automobiles and actors in period costumes. The set pieces were being removed from Elburn’s Main Street on Friday.
The upcoming series, which counts Academy Award winner Jordan
Peele and Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams among its executive producers, is a horror drama based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. It is directed by Yann Demange.
It follows a black man, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney Vance) – publisher of “The Safe Negro Travel Guide” – on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father.
During the trip, they encounter “both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours,” according to the book description.
A stunt car used in a chase scene during the second day of filming flipped on its side, injuring the driver.
The crash, which happened about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, took place as the car was rounding the intersection of Gates and Pierce streets, Elburn Police Chief Nick Sikora said.
The stunt driver was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries by Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District paramedics and taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, Sikora said. The four actors inside the car reportedly were not injured.
The scene being filmed was close to the last scheduled for the Elburn filming, Sikora said.
Elburn and Countryside Fire Chief Joseph Cluchey said he had begun working with people from the production company the week before the shoot, reviewing any safety considerations.
“Kudos to them for having the foresight to prepare for something like this,” Cluchey said.
After Elburn, the film crew moved on to White Pines Forest State Park in Mount Morris, where it will shoot for about a week.
The film crew also has filmed scenes in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.