Key and Peele‘s Jordan Peele is set to make surprising transition, trading laughs for gasps with Blumhouse Productions’ horror GET OUT. Peele is both writing and directing the project, which has been pitched as a new spin on the horror-thriller genre. QC Entertainment is also producing. The film centers on a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate. Fans of Key and Peele know Peele’s affinity for the horror genre, as that sketch series features an episode entirely devoted to horror spoofs and gruesome gags.
Regarding the project, Peele announced: “People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films. Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way. Get Out takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night of the Living Dead 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
Blumhouse’s recent titles include M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, which has been touted as the director’s return to form, Joel Edgerton’s critically lauded debut The Gift , and Insidious: Chapter 3, the highest grossing horror entry of 2015.