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Development news: Jordan Peele, Hereditary director announce new films; Funko doc coming to Netflix

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May 8, 2018

Rejoice, horror and toy fans alike, because today burgeoning titans from the genre announced upcoming films, while one of the heaviest hitters in geeky collectibles is making its way to the silver screen too.

The biggest news of the bunch is that Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning mastermind behind last year’s Get Out, has a title and a cast list for his new feature. Called US, the writer/director’s “new nightmare” (according to the film’s poster, below) has Lupita Nyong’o already in talks to star, while Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss are being actively courted.

The social thriller’s plot is completely secret right now, but if Peele’s earlier comments about the project are to be considered, its spirit, if not its content, will be familiar to Get Out fans. “One thing I know is that this is genre,” Peele told The Hollywood Reporter about his script. “Playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite. That’s my sweet spot.”

US opens March 19, 2019.


In other up-and-coming director news, Ari Aster, director of the much-hyped horror film Hereditary, has landed another horror project for A24. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aster plans to direct the film, with the working title of Midsommer, from his own script. A woman mourning her parents’ deaths joins her friends to a remote Swedish village with “unique” traditions. Spooky. Aster plans to enter production late summer or early fall.


Finally, documentary Making Fun – The Story of Funko will arrive on Netflix May 24, according to Bloody Disgusting. The iconic bobbleless big-headed Funko POP! figures dominate cubicles and display cases in geeky homes and workplaces around the world, and someone is trying to tell the story of how the phenomenon happened in the first place. The figures span the breadth of pop culture, and the documentary will join the already stacked ranks of Netflix toy documentaries like The Toys That Made Us.