Actor turned filmmaker Jordan Peele says he will “seriously consider” making a sequel to his horror/thriller hit Get Out, adding that he thinks there’s “more story to tell” in that world. Get Out first premiered in theaters nearly a year ago, on its way to becoming both a critical darling and commercial hit that’s currently nominated for four Academy Awards (including two for Peele’s writing and direction). The film was at the forefront of what turned out to be a touchstone year for the horror genre (from both a box office perspective and in terms of critical reception) in 2017, and Peele already has another “social thriller” in the same vein as Get Out in the works for 2019.
Get Out was released by Blumhouse Productions, so it was probably only a matter of time before the subject of a potential sequel was broached. Blumhouse has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, thanks to its knack for turning micro-budgeted horror/thrillers into lucrative franchises like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge. The production company is similarly reviving the Halloween franchise later this year with David Gordon Green’s untitled sequel/reboot, and recently wrapped filming on Glass – the sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s hit 2017 film Split (itself, a covert Unbreakable followup).
Speaking with THR, Peele confirmed that he’s not at all against the idea of turning Get Out into another franchise for Blumhouse, saying that “I will definitely, seriously consider it.” He also emphasized that although he’s tempted to revisit the Get Out universe, he doesn’t have any concrete ideas about where he would take the story in a sequel yet:
“I love that universe and feel like there is more story to tell. I don’t know what it is now, but there are some loose ends… you know the movie.”
Get Out concludes with protagonist Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya in an Oscar-nominated performance) having narrowly escaped being, in essence, lobotomized and made into a “host” for the white, blind, arthouse gallery owner Jim Hudson (Stephen Root) at the hands of the sinister Armitage family, Chris’ girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) included. While all the immediate members of the Armitage clan had been killed by the end of the movie, it’s certainly plausible that either their extended family or acquaintances would take up their hideous cause in a sequel. Get Out 2 could also go in a very different direction too, depending on what ideas Peele comes up with.
Peele has confirmed in the past that he has ideas for multiple films that, like Get Out and his as yet untitled 2019 project, will address very specific “social monsters” and issues. It sounds as though the filmmaker is planning to continue prioritizing original horror/thrillers and other genre movies over studio tentpoles and/or franchise features like a Get Out sequel, for the time being. However, if it turns out there’s a specific social/political topic that Peele feels he could best explore through the lens of the Get Out universe, it sounds like he’s not against revisiting that world either.
Get Out is currently playing in select U.S. theaters, as part of the lead-up to the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4.
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