Jordan Peele is writing and directing Get Out, a new spin on the horror-thriller genre, for Blumhouse Productions. The project originated at QC Entertainment, which is also producing. The film centers on a young African-American man who 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. 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,” said Peele in a statement.
Jason Blum and QC Entertainment principals Sean McKittrick (upcoming Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Bad Words) and Edward H. Hamm Jr. (Bad Words, Hell Baby) are producing. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson is executive producing with QC’s Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick. Blumhouse’s latest title with Universal, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit has racked up $50.5M through 10 days at the global B.O. In addition this summer, Blumhouse co-productions have include The Gift from STX which made $45.9M at the global B.O. and Insidious: Chapter 3 from Gramercy/Focus which has grossed $109.5M worldwide.
QC Entertainment is a new partnership between McKittrick and Hamm’s Darko Entertainment and Movie Package Company’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield to finance and produce director-driven fare. The Get Out deal was negotiated by Mansfield. Peele is repped by Principato-Young Entertainment.