Get Out director Jordan Peele is getting ready to head back behind the camera once again, revealing during an extended interview for the program Hollywood Masters, which he taped last month at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, that he's currently writing an untitled Universal Pictures thriller and will direct it later this year. The filmmaker wouldn't offer much about the story, but when asked about his new project, the filmmaker stated that he's trying to "entertain himself" again. Here's what he had to say in his interview, when asked how he could try to top his feature directing debut, Get Out.
"I mean, you nailed it. What do I do next? How do I top this? And you know, and I think it's important to focus on stories that are true to me. I go, when writing Get Out my sort of mantra is or was, let's write my favorite film I haven't seen yet. So I think it's easy to get sort of bogged down in how does this compare to the first one, how does that compare. When all is said and done, my next film, I am currently writing it and I'll direct for Universal this year, I'm just trying to entertain myself again."
Back in May, just a few months after the incredible success of Get Out at the box office, Jordan Peele signed a two-year first-look deal with Universal, with the first project said to be a new thriller that will cost between $20 million and $25 million, roughly five times the size of the $5 million he made Get Out for. No story details have been given and there is no indication of who the filmmaker may cast at this time. He did add, though, that this project will be both similar to Get Out, in terms of tone, while quite different in terms of story. Here's what he had to say when asked if he's going into the same area as Get Out or if he's trying something completely different.
"A little bit of both. One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun, genre of intrigue is my favorite. That's my sweet spot. So I think tonally it should resemble Get Out. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one. So yeah, every choice has really either pretty big ramifications because it is the second."
The actor also recently confirmed that he has retired from acting, and along with this untitled thriller, Jordan Peele is also developing a reboot of The Twilight Zone for the CBS All Access streaming service. Get Out was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2017, taking in $176M domestic and $255M worldwide, from just a $4.5 million budget. The movie also earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele) and Best Director (Jordan Peele). Jordan Peele became just the third filmmaker in history to earn Best Screenplay and Best Director nominations for his feature film debut, joining Warren Beatty for Heaven Can Wait and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment. You can head over to The Hollywood Reporter for more on his interview for Hollywood Masters.