– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Who would’ve thought that Jordan Peele of Key and Peele fame would have had such an amazingly strong directorial debut with the horror film Get Out. Now, that’s not to say we didn’t expect the film to be good. Given his track record and sensibilities, we expected it to do pretty well. However, the film went on to be the best reviewed film of the year.

Out of 233 reviews, all but one were positive. Of course, this led to a very strong box office performance, and the film ended up taking in nearly $200 million on its miniscule $4.5 million budget. Without a doubt, Peele seems destined for great things, and there were rumors circulating that he may be up to helm the eventual Akira adaptation, but it sounds like those talks amounted to nothing.

According to a press release from Universal Pictures, Peele is working on another “socially-conscious” thriller for his next film. Like his first one, this will be an original project. If you were a fan of Get Out, you likely have at least a small idea of what we can expect from him, even if we don’t have any specifics.

Universal chairman Donna Langley had the following statement to make about Peele’s next project.

“Through extraordinary imagination and fearless humor, Jordan has proven himself to be a game-changer who is driven to tell stories that are as commercially entertaining as they are disruptive and provocative. The entire Universal family takes great pride in his incomparable filmmaking debut, and feel fortunate that this studio will be Jordan’s home for many years to come.”

This comes as great news to us, and is in keeping with previous statements he made, expressing no enthusiasm to take on a big franchise á la Safety Not Guaranteed’s and Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow. Speaking with Screen Junkies last February, he stated:

“My whole Life, I’ve been like, ‘Oh, man, wouldn’t it be dope to be a part of one of these great reboots or revivals?’ Over the past eight years, I’ve come up with four other scripts in the social horror genre. I think what people love about this movie so far is that they can’t see it anywhere else. It’s sort of a unique film, so I feel like my responsibility to the world at this point is to keep making original films. Try to do some elevated horror, fun horror, that says something. I think that’s what I’m here for.”

We think Peele may someday find a place in a big franchise, but for now, we’re more interested in seeing him develop another handful of projects first. While it’s great that Marvel and co. have a tendency to pluck talent from obscurity, we have lost a generation of indie voices as a result. By not allowing filmmakers tocreate multiple films prior to being picked up, they don’t have a chance to develop their voices. Seeing a talent like Peele continue to create original projects is something that is much needed at this point, especially with the theaters being flooded with 17 blockbusters a month.

What do you think? Are you excited to see what Peele has to offer with his next film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Universal Pictures (via Screen Rant)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.