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Jordan Peele talks difficulty of following up ‘Get Out’, his unique creative process

In a long Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele outlined his plans for what’s next in his career, his origins as an artist, and the thrills (and discontents) of comedy.

Many have been waiting for news on Peele’s next post-Get Out move, but much of the difficulty for the filmmaker is trying to replicate the success of the canonical thriller.

When asked about what’s next, Peele said he’s working on something, he’s just trying to figure out how the hell to follow up Get Out:

“I mean, you nailed it. What do I do next? How do I top this? And you know, and I think it’s important to focus on stories that are true to me. I go, when writing Get Out, my sort of mantra is or was, let’s write my favorite film I haven’t seen yet. So I think it’s easy to get sort of bogged down in how does this compare to the first one, how does that compare.”

The idea that Peele is trying to make his favorite film that he hasn’t seen yet is pretty interesting and it gives us a little glance as to what makes Peele such a great artist. He gave THR more details of his next film:

“When all is said and done, my next film, I am currently writing it and I’ll direct for Universal this year, I’m just trying to entertain myself again.”

Entertaining yourself is a pretty solid barometer for making good, or at least self-satisfactory, art. Peele went on to explain that he’s found his creative comfort zone in this unique realm where thriller, horror, action, and comedy come together and that his follow up will resemble Get Out thusly:

“One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite. That’s my sweet spot. So 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. So yeah, every choice has really either pretty big ramifications because it is the second.”

Peele also spoke about his beginnings in improv comedy, he honed his craft at an improv group in Amsterdam, which is the most random shit ever. But Peele’s start in improv means that he has a democratic approach to art, he wants to “get everybody” in the room to like his work.

Peele explained that while he has “a ton of respect for many artists, many directors who, it almost feels like they kind of couldn’t care less what the audience feels like,” he approaches it from a different perspective.

“My sensibility is ‘Let’s get everybody.’ And so the way I kind of counteract that in not making bland material for the masses is I take huge risk in the conception. So if I can take this movie that is a horror movie about race, which is, impossible or supposed to be impossible, the greatest feat would be if I can sell this to everybody in the audience.”

You can see this creative philosophy tangibly in Get Out. Despite the film’s subversive elements, it was massively well-received. In this sense, Peele accomplished his goal of reaching everyone, but damn sure took some risks in its conception.

Read the full interview over at THR.

‘Get Out’ is being nominated as a comedy, but we’re not laughing

Is hypnotizing a Black guy and putting the brain of a white person in the Black guy’s body comical and musical? Not to me or anyone Twitter, but the freaks who run the Golden Globes think so.

Fuck man. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. couldn’t just rank Get Out as a drama flick? It would have killed the competition easily. But woe is us, can’t ask for a seat and choose where you sit too, I guess.

Director of Get Out, Jordan Peele, jokingly proved the HFPA was way off in placing Get Out in the musical/comedy category. He says it’s a “documentary.”

C’mon, UCLA got it right. They based a whole class on racism and horror because of this movie. 

But on a serious note, according to an Entertainment Weekly report, the HFPA’s possible category choice was to give the lead actor, Daniel Kaluuya, “wiggle room.”


The musical/comedy category leaves Kaluuya possibly contesting Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Matt Damon (Downsizing), and Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes).

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It’s like Get Out was such an original idea it doesn’t need any favors. It will probably go down as one of the most powerful, and profitable, movies of all time.

Get Out grossed $253.4 million at the box office on a $4.5 million budget proving itself a leading force in a new age of cinema. The flick’s intense suspense swallows its satire.

I mean c’mon, does anyone remember anything funny from Get Out? Nah, they remember clenching the edge of their seats, hoping and praying, that Chris got out of that fucked situation safe.

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Right? The official Golden Globe nominations list doesn’t come out until December 11. Hopefully the HFPA comes to their senses before then and fix this shit.

But, regardless of the outcome, I know that Get Out‘s box office performance and critical acclamation will shine through all the BS.


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Jordan Peele might be executive producer of new ‘Twilight Zone’ reboot, it’s lit

CBS is bringing back the iconic show The Twilight Zone and if sources are to be believed, the network is looking at bringing on Jordan Peele as executive producer of the series.

Variety reported CBS’ intention to have Peele spearhead production of The Twilight Zone,

“According to sources, CBS is in talks with Jordan Peele to executive produce the new version of the show through his company Monkeypaw with Marc Ramirez serving as showrunner. CBS declined to comment on the show’s auspices.”

Again, Variety claims that the network has had plans to recreate the seminal sci-fi series,

“CBS has long eyed a reboot of “The Twilight Zone.” As recently as last year, CBS Television Studios had been developing the property with X-Men filmmakers Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg and Limitless showrunner Craig Sweeny. At the time, CBS was weighing whether to shop the project wide or place it on digital service CBS All Access.”

Peele, who has another ‘social thriller’ in the works, due in 2019, seems like an ideal fit for The Twilight Zone. After the success of sketch comedy series Key & Peele, Peele released Get Out, his major film debut earlier this year to wide acclaim.

The Hollywood Reporter reported back in September that Peele was also developing a film with Spike Lee depicting the story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

Jordan Peele, who had been one of the hottest comedians in the entertainment world during his Comedy Central show, has now expanded his skills to include production, writing, and directing.

With the success of Get Out, arguably the biggest film of the year, if not the most socially impactful, Peele is now a massive figure in the film industry. CBS wanting to name him executive producer of a huge reboot makes sense.

It would be a dope match and one would assume that Peele will bring his biting social commentary to The Twilight Zone if he is indeed involved.

We’re here for it.

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Spike Lee, Jordan Peele working on film about black detective who infiltrated KKK

Jordan Peele impressed us all earlier this year with his satirical thriller Get Out, which centered around the possibility of a modern day slave trade.

His sleeper hit inspired conversation that had never been discussed so openly.

The movie managed to rake in a total of $250 million worldwide, essentially spreading a new wave of thought to those who might not have had these important conversations otherwise, and now he’s back alongside Spike Lee to bring us another one of his four promised “socially conscious” films.

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This film, set to be directed by Spike and produced by Peele, focuses on the story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and foiled the group’s hate crimes.

The movie will be an adaptation of Stallworth’s 2014 memoir Black Klansman in which he goes into detail about his 1978 infiltration of the KKK and the hate crimes he managed to prevent because of it.

Peele has already proved that he is incredibly talented and has an amazing eye for film.

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With this announcement it seems that the need for what are essentially thought pieces adapted for screens is being fulfilled not only by Jordan Peele but many other directors who have decided to abandon the traditional slave movie for a more modern take on race in America.

Most notably HBO’s newly announced show Confederate,  which explores the possibility of a world where the South won the Civil War.

The show has been surrounded by nothing but controversy with critics calling it “white slavery fanfic” though it’s being produced by couple Malcolm and Nichelle Spellman.

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If nothing else this new film by Spike and Peele, as well as other takes on race in society, will spark a very necessary conversation in today’s political climate.

There’s still no information as to when filming will begin for Jordan Peele’s new film but until then I can be sure it will be just as impactful as his breakout hit Get Out.