Based on Jordan Peele’s career as a comedian, MADtv cast member, and one half of the hit comedy series Key & Peele, the last place you’d expect him to turn next is horror, but Peele is doing exactly that. Rather than simply dip his toe in the genre as an actor, he plans to write and direct Get Out for Blumhouse Productions.
For those unfamiliar with Blumhouse, this is the wildly successful production company run by Jason Blum, a producer determined to return major gains on minor investments. Most recently, the company teamed with actor Joel Edgerton, who wrote a directed The Gift, turning a $5 million budget into a gross of $43 million (and counting) in North America alone.
With that in mind, it’s not hard to understand why Peele is turning to Blumhouse for his directorial debut. But according to the actor, he has more up his sleeve than a career-boosting cash grab. “Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way,” he said in a statement. “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.”