Comedian Jordan Peele is riding the wave of his critically acclaimed box-office smash, Get Out, and he wants to share the love with undiscovered Black filmmakers.
Peele’s satirical racial horror film has taken the world by storm, commenting on racism in a post-Obama America while using the horror genre as its foundation. Get Out has been such a sensation, that Peele has become the first Black director whose feature film debut crossed the $100 million dollar mark. Though the film does address racial issues in the United States, in particular, Get Out is also slaying overseas, something that Hollywood executives have continually denied Black films could do. Despite his success, Peele is just getting started, and he wants to use his platform to give young Black filmmakers the same opportunities that he has been afforded.
Horror films are particularly rare in Black cinema. Aside from a select few like the 1995 horror comedy, Tales From the Hood, Get Out stands on its own. Typically, Black characters are relegated to the sidelines in horror films, and they normally don’t survive past the film’s first act. In an interview with Digital Spy, Peele expressed his desire to change all of that. He said, “I think, even more, the reason we don’t see more films about the African American experience is because we haven’t nurtured black talent, we haven’t encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big. When you have that, that’s when you have this systemic problem where artists aren’t getting their platforms.”
It appears that Peele is also willing to do more than just talk, he said, “For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out, and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company, and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in the genre.”
Though Peele is looking to foster untapped talent, his not stepping away from the director’s chair anytime soon. Apparently, he has four more horror films up his sleeve, “each one to take on a different demon embedded in society.”
Even, if you don’t have a script, Peele offered this nugget of advice. He said, “I would say, write your favorite movie that hasn’t been made. Some stories it’s impossible for a white person to tell.”
Following in the footsteps of Spike Lee, John Singleton and now Jordan Peele among others, we hope this will spark a new wave of Black films in ALL genres from Black millennial directors.
Will you be sending your script to Monkeypaw Productions?