Jordan Peele plans to begin production on his second directorial effort later this year. In 2017, Peele emerged as a filmmaking force with a unique voice thanks to the success of Get Out. Receiving universal critical acclaim and $255 million at the worldwide box office, the horror flick was one of the best offerings of the year, picking up several accolades on the awards circuit. In addition to a Best Picture nod at the Oscars, Peele himself earned nominations in Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is also in the Best Actor field.
There's no denying Get Out is one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory, meaning there's a great deal of interest in what Peele will do next. Now retired from acting to focus on writing and directing, Peele lined up an "Untitled Social Thriller" at Universal, with a planned release date for March 2019. Details on this film are slim, but now we know Peele will start rolling the cameras at some point in 2018.
While speaking with THR, Peele discussed his upcoming project. In addition to confirm production begins this year, he revealed it will be another genre piece:
“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.”
Peele has stated in the past he wants to tackle various "social monsters" throughout his career behind the camera, so it should be interesting to see what he comes up with for his sophomore outing. With Get Out, he demonstrated a deft understanding of American race relations, crafting a biting piece of satire that was equal parts humorous and terrifying. It's also encouraging to hear that while Peele's next film will be similar in tone to Get Out, it will be dealing with different subject matter. Peele is open to the idea of a Get Out sequel down the line, but for now he wants to try his hand at something new and diversify his portfolio as a director.
With Peele hard at work on the script and a start date in mind, it probably won't be much longer until more information about the "Untitled Social Thriller" (i.e. casting updates, plot details) are unveiled, giving viewers a better idea of what the film will entail. As we await those reveals one thing is for sure; Peele's latest can already be considered one of 2019's most anticipated offerings, as cinephiles will have very high expectations following the pleasant surprise of Get Out. It'll be hard for Peele to top his debut, but he certainly possesses the skillset to make another thoughtful and compelling film that could be an awards contender.