Jordan Peele Writing, Directing Horror Film, “GET OUT”

Are you watching KEY & PEELE? What’s easily one of the funniest shows on television also frequently upholds the long held companionship/parallel wavelength of comedy and horror. It’s evident the show’s creators, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele have, if not a reverence, than certainly an affinity for outright horror and genre work. Something the latter has now confirmed, along with his exciting plans to write and direct a horror film. 

Speaking to Playboy, Jordan Peele (pictured above in a demonic possession/evil kid riff on K&P) has revealed the first details on GET OUT, a film he’s currently setting up at the Richard Kelly-headed Darko Entertainment. And while the talented Peele just turning his eye to terror is enough to garner enthusiasm, his thematic plans really heighten the anticipation.

Peele says, “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.”

It feels like the black community remains underrepresented in horror, as does the black experience. The prospect of seeing it more, and seeing it confronted by the likes of Peele is great news. Keep an eye on Fango for more as GET OUT develops.

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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.

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