You can imagine that Jordan Peele has a good amount of freedom when it comes to picking his next project.
Talk about a hit debut. Get Out, Peele’s first feature film acting as both director and screenwriter, earned wide acclaim from critics and audiences, raked in an astonishing $US255 million from a budget of $US4.5 million, and is now up for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Director.
Naturally, it didn’t take long after Get Out‘s success for a big offer to come his way. Warner Bros. was keen to have Peele take the helm of their long-gestating adaptation of beloved manga Akira, but Peele passed on the project.
“Akira is one of my favourite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of,” Peele told Blumhouse regarding his decision to skip on a potentially massive studio picture. “But the real question for me is: Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”
Cue Peele signing a two-year first-look overall production deal with Get Out studio Universal in May 2017. And now we have great news: the first film under the deal will soon be underway – this year, in fact.
Asked by THR about the pressures of following up a hit like Get Out, Peele responded:
“What do I do next? How do I top [Get Out]? 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 favourite 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. 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.”
And on whether he’ll be tackling the thriller-horror genre again or tackling something different:
“A little bit of both. 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.”
We’ll wait with bated breath to hear about what Peele has in store for his sophomore directorial effort. Stay tuned.