Jordan Peele is reaping the benefits of crafting a hit feature debut.
Get Out, which opened in the US in February and hits Australian cinemas today, has topped an impressive $US194 million worldwide from a budget of $US4.5 million. That’s a huge result for a small horror film, and one without a big-name star to boot.
Universal, understandably impressed with the rising filmmaker, have decided to pull him in with a new deal. According to THR, Peele has signed a two-year first-look overall production deal with the studio, a deal that will find him producing a wide range of projects via his Monkeypaw Productions banner.
And Peele’s next film has already been lined up. The still-untitled new project is said to be another “social thriller” with Peele on board as writer, producer and director, although this one will have a budget around five times bigger than that afforded to Get Out.
“Through extraordinary imagination and fearless humour, Jordan has proven himself to be a game-changer who is driven to tell stories that are as commercially entertaining as they are disruptive and provocative,” Universal chairman Donna Langley said in a statement.
“The entire Universal family takes great pride in his incomparable filmmaking debut, and feel fortunate that this studio will be Jordan’s home for many years to come.”
Added Peele: “I am thrilled to continue the work we started together on Get Out — pushing the boundaries of storytelling, not only on the next film but with all of Monkeypaw’s future projects.”
We’ll keep you informed as info on this new project comes to light.
Get Out is now in cinemas around Australia. You can find our review HERE.