Jordan Peele has made one of the more interesting and successful career pivots you’ll ever see from a television and film creator. After starting and making his bones in the comedy world starting on MADtv, he then ultimately really rose to fame on the Comedy Central hit Key & Peele. His work with comedic partner Keegan Michael-Key did seem like Peele was destined for a long and successful run in the funny business. But think again. He’s now made quite the name for himself in the horror genre and has another movie coming out in the summer of 2022.
This will be Jordan Peele third major horror movie that he will be writing and directing. It will be headed to the big screen with a reported July 22, 2022 release date. Other than a date, we have almost no news about this latest film besides the genre, one that Jordan Peele obviously has a firm grasp over.
And this isn’t the only horror work Jordan Peele has in the pipeline. Recent news has him set to rewrite the Wes Craven classic The People Under the Stairs. Craven passed away in 2015, but had been beginning to develop this as a television series. Peele also wrote and produced the upcoming remake of Candyman which is directed by Nia DaCosta. That movie was set for an early summer release, pushed back because of pandemic theater closings and is now set for an August 2021 release. And finally, Peele developed and narrates the remake of The Twilight Zone currently streaming on CBS All Access. So to say the dude has leaned into horror is a massive understatement. He’s practically taking over the genre.
The first inclination that Jordan Peele had a knack for the frights was in 2017’s Get Out. Peele wrote and directed the story about an ill-fated weekend at a family get-together which is really the backdrop for a film about race, identity, and issues around how we see ourselves and others. That it was both a referendum on a number of different societal woes while also being an edge-of-your-seat terrorizing film was a testament to Peele’s ability in this realm.
He then followed it up with Us which was equally as terrifying and suspenseful as Jordan Peele’s first film. This one posited a world in which we have deranged doppelgangers of ourselves living a little too close for comfort, and given the opportunity, those clones would happily come to murder us and take our place. Peele has mentioned the ideas of rampant privilege being a catalyst for others’ suffering. That he wrapped that up in a twin killing murder spree is just a testament to his genius.
Both films were critical and commercial successes. Get Out earned Jordan Peele an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and tallied more than $250 million at the box office on only a $5 million dollar budget. Meanwhile, Us saw almost identical box office earnings with a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes from Jordan Peele’s newest film a couple of summers from now. But no doubt it brings the scares while also making us think along the way.