HBO to film portion of new series in Mount Morris’ White Pines Park

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A new HBO horror series “Lovecraft Country” will be filming throughout next week in White Pines State Park.

According to Sauk Valley Media, a portion of U.S. Route 52 and several nearby roads will be closed to accommodate crew. Parts of the part itself will be off limits for most of next week.

The program is currently filming in Elburn, a suburb of Chicago, where the town has been transformed into a 1950’s era street scape. A cameraman was injured during a car stunt on Thursday night.

“Lovecraft Country” is based on a novel by Matt Ruff, who in turn was inspired by the writings of horror author H.P. Lovecraft, and tells the story of “22-year-old army veteran 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,” according to Wikipedia.

A letter was sent to some resident by HBO and Random Productions, saying 

Route 52 west of Polo from West Canada Road to Freeport Road, and West Stewart Road from North Eagle Creek Road to Route 52, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Monday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday while scenes are being shot on Canada and at the intersection of West Stewart and Brookville roads.

In addition, Brookville Road at West Stewart and West Canada at North Eagle Creek will be closed from about 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Monday.

Only area residents will be allowed access during those times.

Portions of White Pines State Park, including the White Pines Inn, will be closed during filming, which is expected to last from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

“Lovecraft Country” stars Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and is produced by Jordan (“Get Out”) Peele and J.J. Abrams.

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