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Jordan Peele Wants to Venture into Horror to Write & Direct 'Get Out'

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October 28, 2014
Source: Playboy

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We just learned that Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key, the comedy duo better known as Key & Peele, would finally team up together on the big screen for Keanu, the story of a group of friends who must enter the criminal underworld to retrieve a kidnapped cat. However, each of the guys have projects of their own that they do without each other all the time. Most of those projects have been small roles in various comedies over the past few years, but now Peele has his sights set on getting behind the camera and switching genres. Speaking to Playboy (via Badass Digest), Peele revealed a desire to take a stab at horror.

In the interview, Peele reveals that he wants to write and direct a horror film:

"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. I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called '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."

That's certainly an interesting and unfortunately also seemingly always relevant topic. It's bound to stir up controversy, but it's cool to hear that someone who's so gifted in comedy has ambition to do something on the opposite end of the spectrum. We're not sure how soon this project might get off the ground, especially with Keanu being Peele's next big screen project (he wrote and will star in the film with Key), but you can bet we'll be keeping our ear to the ground to hear more. Is there a chance Peele could be one of the next great horror filmmakers on the horizon? We'll find out eventually. Thoughts?

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  • cuckoozey
    Was intrigued because he is wildly creative, but his description has me thinking "pass".
  • C.A. Hall
    Black Horror films are rare so once it's out I'm there. So long as it's not half horror half comedy.
  • DAVIDPD
    The thing with comedy people is that they are always fucked up, so they can make great horror as well.
  • mooreworthy
    I'm down with that.

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