You’re probably familiar with Jordan Peele as one half of the very funny comedic duo of Key & Peele, but in addition to comedy, it appears that Peele has aspirations in the horror genre as well. We’ve known for a little while that Peele has been developing a horror film of his own, but in a recent interview with Playboy, Peele revealed a bit more about the proposed feature, titled Get Out. Peele intends to write and direct the film, and he has a really fascinating angle for the story: racial fears. More after the jump.
“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.”
This is a thematically rich premise, and one that I’m very eager to see Peele explore in feature film form, especially because it’s wholly unique. It does sound like it’s very early days on the project, and he’s also separately developing a starring vehicle for himself and Keegan-Michael Key with producer Judd Apatow, but as the Halloween holiday approaches, Get Out sounds like the kind of horror movie that I’d really, really like to see happen.