Just days after winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, Jordan Peele is reuniting with his Key & Peele co-star/co-creator Keegan-Michael Key for Netflix's Wendell and Wild. Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key will both lend their voices to the two title characters in the stop-motion animated comedy, which will be directed by Henry Selick. This also comes less than two months after Jordan Peele proclaimed that he has retired from acting.
Back in January, just a few days before the Oscar nominations were announced, Jordan Peele revealed in an interview that he was retiring from acting, so he could focus more on his burgeoning filmmaking career. The filmmaker became the first black director to be nominated in both the writing and directing categories for his first feature film, and just the third filmmaker ever to achieve this feat, following Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait) and James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment). Last month, Peele revealed in another interview that the primary reason he was retiring from acting was that he was offered the "poop" role in The Emoji Movie, a role that Sir Patrick Stewart ended up taking on.
Wendell and Wild follows two demon brothers (Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key) who must square off against their arch-rival, the "demon-dusting nun" Sister Helen and her two goth acolytes, teenagers Kat and Raoul. Jordan Peele will not just be supplying his voice to the project though. The actor/filmmaker is also co-writing the script with director Henry Selick and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Boy). Peele will also produce through his Monkeypaw Productions company, along with Selick and The Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.
Executive producing is Monkeypaw's Win Rosenfeld, Principato-Young's Peter Principato and Joel Zadak and Lindsay Williams and Eddie Gamarra for The Gotham Group, with Sarah Serata co-producing. The filmmakers have also put together a deal with publishing house Simon & Schuster for a book to be written by Selick and Chapman, which will be published in conjunction with the film's release. Netflix has committed to finance and distribute Wendell and Wild, although there is no indication as to when production may begin, or when the film may be released on the streaming service.
Wendell and Wild marks the second stop-motion animated feature Netflix has picked up, following Bubbles. Netflix won the rights to this project at an auction at the Cannes Film Festival last year, after the script by Isaac Adamson topped the Black List in 2016. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is attached to direct Bubbles alongside co-director Mark Gustafson (Fanastic Mr. Fox. Jordan Peele is currently working on an untitled action-thriller that he will write and direct for Universal Pictures, where his MonkeyPaw Productions company is based.
Monkeypaw is also producing Black Klansman, the story of an African-American cop who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, which reunites the entire Get Out producing team and will be distributed by Focus Features. Peele is also developing a reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access. Keegan-Michael Key will reprise his voice role as Murray in Sony's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and he also stars in director Shane Black's The Predator, while voicing Kamari in Disney's The Lion King remake. Deadline broke the news on this project earlier today.