I loved Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Not a very controversial opinion, I know. The critically-lauded hit scored a rare 99% on Rotten Tomatoes (yep, Armond White hated it), and grossed over $250 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget. The film illustrated how a concept doesn’t have to cost $200 million and operate in a “franchise territory” to become a financial success – it just has to be good. Nowadays you hear studios running around, complaining about critics and their role in declining box office expectations, and I just want to yell “shut up!” Studios, take note: take your time and scout Hollywood for talented filmmakers that are passionate about the films they’re making – then you’ll get your big box office opening. Get Out was an original idea from an debut director; a director who had a vision for almost a decade and finally got the financing to do so.
As much as I love Get Out, I love the fact Jordan Peele is now a working director. If it wasn’t already obvious, I am a big fan of filmmaking style and his method of storytelling. While the man was offered a (presumably) hefty paycheck in directing Warner Bros.’ adaptations of Flash or the live-action Akira project, Peele turned down the offers, instead electing to focus on smaller-budget social thrillers – claiming there’s at least 3 or 4 currently in the works. As a major fan of cinema, this makes me excited, as it should make all movie fans. Here’s a guy who exceeded expectations with his debut project, and didn’t take the franchise picture afterwards. I’m looking at Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank when I say that (needless to say, there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s just that Peele’s decision is a breath of fresh air).
Anyway, I’ve taken a look at some of the messages in Get Out, and compared them with Jordan Peele’s statements in interviews to try to predict what social issues his next movie, set for release in March 2019, could be about. I’ve come up with several ideas, and I’ll admit I came up with them by browsing through my old sociology textbook.
Discrimination of Gays
If you read an earlier script of Get Out, you’ll notice that a certain character was gender-swapped. Initially, Keith Stanfeld’s character, Andre (or Logan) was actually replacing the body of a man’s husband. While Peele ultimately made that flip in Get Out, I certainly think the discrimination of gays is a topic that he could explore in his next directorial outing.
Disney’s Zootopia gave us insight on a serious problem in a very creative way. Just like Get Out, the film expertly wove in a topical issue into a well-crafted story. I’m not saying Jordan Peele will just rehash the message provided in Zootopia; rather Peele could deliver a different spin on the topic.
Not much needs to be said about this one. The glass ceiling has been addressed time and time again by the media, but perhaps Jordan Peele can really hammer a message home. It certainly seems like a topic he’d address, whether it’s in his next film or somewhere down the line.
May I suggest a modernization of The Prince and the Pauper? No? Okay.
This might be going into Black Mirror territory, but perhaps Peele can deliver us a film that revolves around the media’s influence on us. Think of this as a horror-version of the commercialization we saw in the (historical) comedy, Idiocracy. Admittedly, that sounds like an idea for Scary Movie 6, but if anyone can make a movie like this work, it’s Jordan Peele.