Peele will write and direct a horror film called Get Out.
The film, to be produced by Blumhouse Productions and QC Entertainment, will follow a young Black man as he visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate.
“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,” Peele said. “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.”
Peele, who was nominated for an Emmy for his work on “K&P,” is no stranger to darker material, he had a recurring role on the inaugural season of the FX drama, Fargo.
Before diving into Get Out, Peele will put the finishing touches on a comedy for New Line Cinema titled Keanu, which is currently in production.