Jordan Peele is hot in Hollywood right now. Last year, he made his directorial debut with the bold, tense, and undeniably entertaining film, Get Out and pretty much proved to the industry that, despite his comedy background, he was not a force to be underestimated. Since then, his production company has taken on multiple projects like Lovecraft Country and The Twilight Zone — things that very much fall in with his first movie in tone and style. However, he’s someone who could pretty much do anything right now, right?
Well, maybe not anything. The industry newsletter The Ankler recently posted a story, and in it he stated that Peele came in in hopes of doing a Gargoyles movie. That’s right, he wanted to revive the long-dormant franchise about statues that fight crime. Now, as a ’90s kid, Gargoyles is definitely a series that will forever have a place in my heart, and even now, it’s looked back on with fondness due to its dark nature and risk-taking stories.
According to the newsletter, that may not be where Disney wants to go next:
“But for the company that has of late devoted itself to reviving Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, The Lion King, and Aladdin (and with Pooh, Nutcracker, and Poppins coming), Gargoyles isn’t exactly the corner of the vault they’ve been digging through.”
However, instead of flat-out saying no, it sounds like they’re waiting out the clock.
The outlet continued:
“How do you turn down Jordan Peele? Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow walking the decision. It’s hoping, it seems, that they’ll run out the clock, he’ll sign other deals elsewhere, and the project will just fade away.”
Given the studio’s focus on big-brand IPs, I suppose it makes perfect sense. But why not just flat-out say no? As the writer said, no one wants to be the one who says no, and frankly, as someone with little experience in pitching around the industry myself, I can tell you I got exactly zero nos — but notice my shows never got picked up either. In an industry that relies on connections and keeping in everyone’s good graces, hard nos are often hard to come by, and I can only imagine that doubly applies when you’re a Hollywood hot commodity.
Of course, this is all hearsay, but it’s not a farfetched story by any means.
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SOURCE: The Ankler