When Jordan Peele made the jump for comedy to horror, going from Key & Peele and Keanu to writing and directing the critically acclaimed Get Out, it was quite unexpected. Once Get Out was released, though, it was clear Peele had chosen the right genre to tell his tale of horror, all while cleverly weaving in commentary about race and systems of oppression.
Now, everyone will have the chance to get inside Peele’s head because Inventory Press is releasing Peele’s annotated version of the script, alongside 150 movie stills and a plethora of information about the film from inception to the scenes left on the cutting room floor. The 224-page book is aptly titled, Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay (which is… not the most clever thing, but y’know, it works).
If you’re like me, then you’ll want this book. Seriously. This annotated script is the closest we may ever get to understanding Jordan Peele’s thought process while writing Get Out. The film is terrifying without the use of a fictitious monster, which makes it all the more irksome. I’d love to know more on Peele’s thoughts regarding the conceptualization of the Sunken Place and all of the little details that make up the film. If Inventory Press releases one for Peele’s exceptionally fantastic follow-up, Us (I still have nightmares about the Tethered), then I’m all good to go.
Get Out won an Academy Award for best original screenplay in 2018 and Peele has since gone on to host and executive produce the reboot of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access. Most recently, the actor and director inked a five-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Peele is developing his next two feature films under the deal, so more good shit for us. Peele is definitely doing well for himself, so good for him. And if his next two features are just as strong as Get Out and Us, then I’m not sure my body is ready to handle the excellence.
Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay will be available from Inventory Press on November 26.
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