Writer-producer-director Jordan Peele stunned the nation with his debut feature film, Get Out, which tackled horror, race, and comedy in unequal measure so spectacularly that even the Oscars had to stand up and recognize him. Three times, to be exact, for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay.
Now that all doubt has been placed squarely in the Sunken Place, Peele’s opportunities are endless. He’s already set to make his sophomore film, which will come from the same studio that distributed his genre killer.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Peele says of his follow-up, “I am currently writing it, and I'll direct for Universal this year. I’m just trying to entertain myself again.” While few details are available now—he’s still writing it, what do you expect?—this won’t be a movie grounded in dramatic realism. Or, at least, it will be in spite of its genre setting.
“One thing I know is that this is genre,” said Peele of his script. “Playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite. That’s my sweet spot.”
Are we getting something closer to Keanu, the film he co-wrote and starred in with his Key and Peele co-star, Keegan-Michael Key? That film was a double life spy and gang thriller with plenty of goofy laughs and social commentary, so it’s not like Peele is hurting for experience. In fact, he’s clear that this genre jumble is his comfort area, even if the pieces are different.
“I think tonally it should resemble Get Out. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one,” Peele finished.
The director will likely still be tying in some version of his social awareness into the film, but with a more action-oriented script—and the budget to support it after the killing Get Out made at the box office—the sky’s the limit for the filmmaker’s future.