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With Key And Peele's run on Comedy Central now at an end, it's time for the comedic duo to look to the future. While we've seen a lot of Keegan Michael Key in the movies this year, we haven't seen as much as we'd like to see of Jordan Peele's equally hysterical presence: until now.
According to Deadline we have Blumhouse Productions to thank for Get Out, the passion project that Peele has been working on as of late. While it doesn't sound like Peele will be acting in the film, it will be directed and written by the comedian, and focus on, "a young African-American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate." The report doesn't come as a surprise, as Jordan Peele is a horror film aficionado who has been eager to make a genre film for quite some time now. With genre titan Blumhouse now throwing their name behind the project, it shouldn't be long before this film gets itself into production.
So why, besides his love for the genre, would Peele make such a big jump in profession? He's a man with a message. In his statement announcing the state of the project, he cited social context as the big factor for Get Out's existence, stating that the film follows in the footsteps of George Romero's classic horror films. More specifically, the film will do the following:
Get Out takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night Of The Living Dead 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.
Peele not only shows his dedication to the genre with his proclamation that Get Out will hold up a mirror to society, much like the original Night Of The Living Dead, he also displays the knowledge that the genre hasn't had too good of a track record in the mainstream market. While social awareness was what helped the horror genre get onto its feet, especially in the 1960's boom after Romero's legendary picture, it quickly became all about slashers, shocks, and jump scares. With a name like Jordan Peele behind a film as catalyzing as Get Out, there's a good chance that the film could spark a revival in such horror films at major studios.
In particular, Universal Studios seems to be a good home for Get Out to hang its hat. With an extended relationship already in place with Blumhouse Productions, and with genre successes like Ouija and The Visit helping to sweeten said relationship, it wouldn't be a surprise if the studio has already been given a first bite at the apple so to speak. Even if that's not the case, or if Universal passes with such an offer on the table, shopping a horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele shouldn't be that hard of a sell. For now, we'll be watching for any new details that come our way on the project, as well as keep our fingers crossed so we don't have to wait too long to see Get Out in a theater near us.