If you’ve been watching Key & Peele, you probably already know how good those guys are at nailing the look of whatever they parody. They’ve shown this prowess across many genres, particularly horror. So it should come as welcome, not necessarily head-scratching news that Jordan Peele plans to write and direct a for real horror film.
This news comes out of an interview Peele did with Playboy. In it, he not only explains his plans, but offers a bit on what the film, currently titled Get Out, will focus on tonally:
I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies. I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called GET OUT – I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies.
That sounds very interesting. As he says in the quote, the film is being set up with Richard Kelly’s Darko Entertainment banner. I’m pretty excited to see how all this shakes out. I love the idea that Jordan Peele could eventually become one of our new great horror filmmakers.