In the wake of news that the outstanding sketch show Key & Peele was voluntarily ending their run, fans began to wonder what would come next for stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The former laid some stellar groundwork this summer, appearing in Pitch Perfect 2, Tomorrowland, and Vacation as well as voicing an alien in the much-anticipated premiere ep of Rick and Morty season 2. But Peele’s not ready to surrender to Garfunklel status. He’s got big news of his own.
THR reports Peele is the latest horror lover to ink a deal with Blumhouse Productions, the company behind franchises like Sinister, Paranormal Activity, The Purge and M. Night’s Shyamalan’s road to redemption horror-comedy The Visit. The comedian will write and direct Get Out, a horror offering that follows a young African American man on his visit to his white girlfriend’s family estate.
No word on if this is in anyway based on what happened when Peele met girlfriend Chelsea Peretti’s parents.
Peele says of the project:
“Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way. Get Out takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night of the Living Dead 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
In 2014, he told of the project Playboy:
“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…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.”
As a fan of horror myself, I’m always interested to see what Blumhouse has coming down the pipeline. Producer Jason Blum has an uncanny eye for talent and a shrewd sense of storytelling that bodes well for what will be Peele’s directorial debut. Plus, I’m pumped to see how Peele’s brand of social critique will look through the lens of horror. All around this is good news.
And don’t lament comedy fans! Peele is still working that angle too. He’s co-written Keanu with Alex Rubens, which co-stars himself and Kay, and is being directed by Key and Peele’s main helmer Peter Atencio. Plus—for better or worse—Key and Peele are rebooting Police Academy, and have a movie int he works with Judd Apatow.