Thanks to the critical and box office success of “Get Out,” the film’s writer/director Jordan Peele is one of this awards season’s mega-stars. And the “Key & Peele” star says that the horror movie could spawn a sequel if he can match the drama of the original.
When asked if Universal Pictures had already inquired about a follow-up to the surprise hit of 2017, Peele scoffed: “Of course they have. It was the first thing they said, ‘Let’s do a sequel.’”
The New York city born auteur, 38, revealed that he’s open to the idea — but only if it’s done properly.
“Honestly, I am open to it,” Peele told Confidential at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. “I love the project but I won’t do a sequel just for some kind of cash grab. If it’s right, if it feels good and I feel like I can beat the original, I’ll do it.”
“But that will be a hard task,” he conceded. “I got a whole lot of thinking to do before I get there. In the meantime I have a whole lot of other stories to tell and I want to help other people tell stories.”
The comedy-horror film that explored racism in America was the most profitable film last year. And it featured no A-list stars. The male lead was Daniel Kaluuya, a British actor most people in the U.S. had never heard of. He starred opposite “Girls” actress Allison Williams. Bradley Whitford and indie star Catherine Keener also appeared in the film.
It was made with a scant budget of just $ 4.5 million and has grossed more than $ 250 million worldwide, an impressive 630% return on investment.
While accepting the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Screenplay, Peele noted: “I think that communication, conversation, art and expression — these are the weapons we have against violence.
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“I am so happy that [the film] resonated and more conversations came from it. And I am hopeful that it makes a small difference at the way we look at these things.”
Pundits are predicting that “Get Out” will garner Oscar nominations Tuesday for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
With James Desborough