Like many of you fellow students of film out there, I'm a big fan of reading each and every screenplay I can get my hands on. In fact, we recently shared Todd Phillips and Scott Silver's script for their mega-hit Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. And if that script wasn't enough to get you by for the next week or so, today we have Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele's original screenplay for his follow-up nightmare Us starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss for you guys to check out.
One of the best aspects of reading Jordan Peele's Us script is gaining perhaps even the slightest additional insight into just what it is Peele is trying to say with his new mini-masterpiece. Many people have speculated that the Tethered represent our xenophobic paranoia regarding others, while many more just take it as a rather simple tale of terror regarding classism and even our horrific tendency to ignore the mentally and physically handicapped.
Peele later explained in the film's special features that American privilege was one of the major themes he was exploring with the movie, saying this.
"One of the central themes in Us is that we can do a good job collectively of ignoring the ramifications of privilege. I think it's the idea that what we feel like we deserve comes, you know, at the expense of someone else's freedom or joy. You know, the biggest disservice we can do as a faction with a collective privilege like the United States is to presume that we deserve it and that it isn't luck that has us born where we're born. For us to have our privilege, someone suffers. That's where the Tethered connection, I think, resonates the most, is that those who suffer and those who prosper are two sides of the same coin. You can never forget that. We need to fight for the less fortunate."
Deep stuff, to be sure. And while reading the screenplay for Peele's Us doesn't do much in the way of providing any concrete answers to many of these debates, it's still a fast-paced and fun read so I suggest giving it a once-over when you have the time.
Like the finished film, the screenplay centers on a woman named Adelaide Wilson who returns with her husband, son, and daughter to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Once they arrive, Adelaide is convinced something wicked this way comes and memories of a traumatic event from her childhood start to take shape just as four strangers dressed in red jumpsuits and brandishing golden scissors, appear at their doorstep. And they look just like Adelaide and her family.
Us was written and directed by Jordan Peele and starred Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Tim Heidecker, and Elisabeth Moss. Peele also produced the film along with Blumhouse head honcho Jason Blum, Ian Cooper, and Sean McKittrick. Universal Pictures unleashed the Monkeypaw Production into theaters back on March 22, 2019. The film currently holds a stellar 93% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus which reads, "With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us." This screenplay for Jordan Peele's Us comes to us from Script Slug. You can go ahead and read Jordan Peele's Us screenplay right here.