Get Out may seem like yesterday’s news, but when you think back over the biggest horror films of the past decade, Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut looms large. Now fans of the film can explore it in even more detail with Inventory Press’s Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay, a 224-page book which features the screenplay along with Peele’s in-depth notes, more than 150 stills from the movie, and behind-the-scenes information about how this modern classic came to be. Sounds like it’d be a great holiday gift for the horror movie fan in your life. Get the details below.
Inventory Press via Pajiba is publishing a 4 1/4 × 7 inch, 224 page softcover version of Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay, giving us some more insight into the mind of writer/director Jordan Peele.
This companion paperback to the film presents Peele’s Oscar®-winning screenplay alongside supplementary material. Featuring an essay by author and scholar Tananarive Due and in-depth annotations by the director, this publication is richly illustrated with more than 150 stills from the motion picture and presents ernate endings, deleted scenes and an inside look at the concepts and behind-the-scenes production of the film. Continuing in the legacy of 1960s paperbacks that documented the era’s most significant avant-garde films—such as Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin/Feminin and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura—Get Out is an indispensable guide to this pioneering and groundbreaking cinematic work.
The book costs $19.95. Here are a couple of sample pages to give you an idea of what you’re in for:
You can find more sample pages at the book’s official website.
After Get Out for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and this year’s metaphor-laden horror film Us, it’s clear that Peele is one of the most thoughtful and talented filmmakers working in the horror space today – a revelation that’s still a bit shocking considering that until 2017, he was best known for sketch comedy. Several of those sketches showed a willingness to grapple with the dark side of humanity and the world at large, but I have to admit I didn’t anticipate his blazingly fast rise to the top of the horror genre. Here’s hoping he stays there for many years to come…unless he wants to do something else, of course. The point is, we’re unequivocally in for whatever movie he has up his sleeve next.
The open ending of Jordan Peele’s box office horror hit “Us” left viewers with questions, leading to hopes and rumors that a sequel would likely follow. However, when asked about returning for any potential sequel during the film’s premiere in March of this year, “Us” star Lupita Nyong’o — who does double duty as the film’s matriarch and her monstrous “Tethered” double — was emphatic in her response: “Thank you very much, no. No.”
Lupita Nyong’o jokes about a follow-up film to #UsMovie: “Thank you very much, no. No” pic.twitter.com/OMPW29P068
— Variety @Variety March 20, 2019
In an interview with IndieWire this week, Nyong’o was initially just as firm in her opposition to starring in another “Us” movie. However, after some further discussion around the strength of a potential script, and who else might be involved, her opinion appeared to evolve.
“Well, never say never, because the minute you say ‘no,’ that’s exactly what’s going to happen,” she said. “So maybe I’ll say, absolutely, yeah, just so that karma doesn’t come to bite me in the butt.”
Peele has never said that there will be an “Us” follow-up, but he did admit that he could be convinced to return to an “Us” universe to tell another story.
“Sure! It's a fun one,” Peele said in a March interview with Polygon. “There’s a lot going on there. The ‘Us-verse’… I like that.”
And should he return to his established “Us-verse,” Peele certainly has much material to work with, to avoid any retreads of the original film.
Nyong’o told IndieWire that shooting “Us” took an emotional toll on her even as she treasured the experience. “It cost me a lot, but it also offered me a lot, and I grew so much,” she said, adding that she told Peele that she would never again don the red jumpsuit worn by the Tethered character in the film.
“I lied, because I’ve worn it twice since we wrapped,” she said with a laugh. “I wore it once to do some stint with Trevor Noah, and then just recently, when I went to visit Horror Nights and I wanted to surprise some of the unsuspecting guests.”
And so here’s the dilemma, as it stands: While she loved the film’s open ending and would prefer to shut the door on that world, she hinted that — should he want her to return for a sequel — she would certainly consider it.
“Ultimately, I really do love the work we created together, and how imaginative it is,” Nyong’o said. “Obviously, I’m in love with Jordan’s mind and the work that comes out of it. And in this case, that includes the role that he bestowed on me.”
Are we in the midst of the Pacinossance? Al Pacino appears in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman this year, and it looks like he’s just getting warmed up. The actor is also set to star in Hunters, a new Amazon series from creator Jordan Peele. In Hunters, Pacino plays the leader of a team hunting down Nazis living in secret in America in the 1970s. Watch the Hunters trailer below.
I am here for the reemergence of Al Pacino. To be fair, Pacino never really went away. But a lot of the projects he’s been involved with over the last few years have been…not great. But things are starting to turn around. In the wake of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman, he’s appearing in Hunters, created by David Weil and executive produced by Jordan Peele.
Hunters “follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.”
This sounds like a weird mash-up of The Boys From Brazil and Marathon Man, and I’m all-in. In addition to Pacino, the series features Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Greg Austin, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker, and Lena Olin. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and The Current War, helms the pilot.
This is a teaser, so there’s not a whole lot of footage here. But the atmosphere is suitably ominous, and putting Pacino front and center goes a long way to lending things an extra touch of class. Hunters will arrive on Amazon Prime Video sometime in 2020.
Robert Eggers is the writer and director of The Witch or, with all due respect to Black Phillip, The VVitch: A New England Folktale, one of the best horror movies of the 2010s, and The Lighthouse, which is being billed as horror when it's really more of a “mindf*ck” buddy comedy about isolation. Being trapped in a lighthouse with Willem DaFoe sounds more fun than frightening, but that's just me. Still, it's the best horror-adjacent movie out in theaters this Halloween season it's doing very well at the box office, although if you're looking for something spooky to watch at home, Eggers has some suggestions.
When asked on Reddit to name his “personal all-time favorite horror film,” Eggers replied with films, plural, from 1920's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to 2003's Twentynine Palms. Here's the complete list, including the director, in the order Eggers wrote them out:
Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau, 1922 The Shining, Stanley Kubrick, 1980 Possession, Andrzej Żuławski, 1981 Alien, Ridley Scott, 1979 Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock, 1960 The Innocents, Jack Clayton, 1961 The Piano Teacher, Michael Haneke, 2001 Cries & Whispers, Ingmar Bergman, 1972 The Tennant, Roman Polanski, 1976 Angst, Gerald Kargl, 1983 Rosemary's Baby, Roman Polanski, 1968 Onibaba, Kaneto Shindo, 1965 Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1920 The Devil, Andrzej Żuławski, 1972 Hour of the Wolf, Ingmar Bergman, 1968 Blue Velvet, David Lynch, 1986 Lot Highway, David Lynch, 1997 Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, 2001 Twentynine Palms, Bruno Dumont, 2003 The Exorcist, William Friedkin, 1973 Don't Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, 1973 The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock, 1963 Fall of the House of Usher, Jean Epstein, 1928 Repulsion, Roman Polanski, 1965 The Hunger, Tony Scott, 1983 Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922
Going to a Halloween party thrown by Eggers must be intense. Instead of “Monster Mash,” he plays your inner monologue calling you a failure. It's not available on Spotify.
For even more horror movie suggestions, we've got you covered.
"It's a genre that doesn't get this recognition often enough," the 'Us' filmmaker, who received the John Schlesinger Britannia award, told attendees.
Jordan Peele shared that he is drawn to the horror genre because he believes "we need to face our nightmares" as he received the John Schlesinger Britannia award for excellence in directing at Friday's BAFTA Britannia Awards gala dinner.
"I feel kind of like the kid version of Jordan, who was an Anglophile and obsessed with all things Britannia, is honored here tonight," he said at the top of his speech. He joked that as a kid he was taught to believe Brits were "noble" and "intelligent." The jokes didn't stop there: "The fact that I was able to achieve this incredible honor alongside such amazing talent that I'm obsessed with after just two films says to me that someone's not putting enough thought into this; there's many directors with many more films, prestigious films. I could still very much fuck this up. What if my next film is bullshit?" he asked attendees.
After praising many of his collaborators, including actor Lupita Nyong'o, who introduced him, he informed the audience he wanted to talk about horror films because "it's a genre that doesn't get this recognition often enough." He added, "I think it's one of the most beautiful and intensely cinematic genres. It's great to see it flourishing at this moment because we really need it. I'm a really believer that we need to face our nightmares and it's best to do that together, where we can laugh and cry and scream and all that shit."
In her introduction of Peele, Nyong'o recalled feeling that after seeing Get Us, she thought she would "kill to work with him," and joked that that wish would become quite literal in Us, Nyong'o plays one quite murderous character. She added that Us "underscores Jordan's brilliance in provoking conversations about society through the lens of the horror film." During the Us press junket, she also shared that Peele dressed up as Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining.
Peele followed up his 2017 thriller Get Out - for which he won the best original screenplay Oscar - with this year's horror Us, which starred Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke in the creepy tale of a family who find themselves taken hostage by their doppelgangers. The Key & Peele comedian also narrated and executive-produced CBS All Access' The Twilight Zone reboot, and lent his voice to the character of Bunny in Toy Story 4.
As a producer, Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions inked a 5 year first-look deal at Universal Pictures earlier this month to make feature films, and has a TV first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Monkeypaw is currently in production on a feature remake of Candyman, written by Peele and Rosenfeld, and the upcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is, to put it mildly, currently experiencing an exciting career arc where he's seemingly everywhere. In the past year alone, he splashed into comic book-adaptation territory as Black Manta in Aquaman, featured in one of the trippiest Black Mirror episodes in existence, and appeared in Jordan Peele's Us as well as starring in the horror visionary's upcoming Candyman reboot. Yahya also recently scored a lead role in Matrix 4, and he's appearing in HBO's Watchmen TV series, which bears very little resemblance to the 2009 Zack Snyder movie.
In the Damon Lindelof-created series, Yahya plays Cal Abar, the husband to Angela Regina King, who moonlights as a masked police detective on the Tulsa Police Force. Yep, the story isn't set in New York City as with Alan Moore-written graphic novel or Snyder's movie, and let's just say that Angela leads a complex existence, which presents some unique challenges for Cal as well. Yahya was gracious enough to speak with us about his increasingly jam-packed career and how Lindelof's Watchmen updates Moore's epic work for a 2019 audience.
I never imagined that Oklahoma would be the setting for a Watchmen series.
Yes, that's kind of awesome, and I think it will be really nice to bring attention and awareness to the history and the particular history that our story deals with the Oklahoma riots. I don't think that's common knowledge, so I think it'll be really cool for people to watch something that's not set in New York or Chicago or a place like that. To set it somewhere like Oklahoma but to also tell that other side of history that a lot of people don't know about.
Were you aware of the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921?
Yeah, I was. I'm not sure when I became aware of it, but I've known about for about 12 or 15 years. It was something that I read about, and I was surprised, so I'm glad that our show, well, it doesn't give an in-depth history, but it does give an introduction to it that I think, and more people will be surprised that it was a real thing. Or maybe not surprised, and that's a tragedy in its own [right].
I have to say that Cal's a strong character, but he's also married to a pretty badass woman. From the handful of episodes I've watched, Cal's hard to pin down, but he seems like a very patient guy, who knows just enough about what Angela does?
Yeah, I think “patient” is a great way to describe him. He and Angela, they have a partnership. It's not just a friendship and a partnership, although that's there, but I think you can look at their relationship, and they have agreements. They're taking care of kids, and they have a lifestyle, they're keeping up appearances, so to speak, but they've agreed about how they're gonna do that. You know, Cal is very patient throughout the series. We'll hear him say, “Okay.” She says, “Or I need you to do this, or not do this, and he'll say, Okay.” Eventually, we begin to see that it becomes more trying for him to just say, “Okay.” And at some point, I think he wants to know more information, but he is a very patient and loving husband and partner, and currently, his job is to protect the fort and hold down the domain.
This series sits in the superhero realm, and you obviously brought experience from another DC title, Aquaman. How do you feel about how the Watchmen series treats the idea of superheroes?
We really are working in a way where we allow our superheroes to be flawed, and I don't know how much to even call them heroes. Everyone has flaws in our world. The people who wear the masks, they get to get away with, well, they wear the mask in order to hide, to get away with something that they couldn't if they were not wearing the mask. So our treatment of heroes — we're not celebrating all of these characters, we're saying that these characters are complex. We're also saying, “What are heroes? What are heroic acts?” I think that sometimes the people in our world who are indeed the heroes are gonna be the people who aren't wearing masks. Or maybe they do their most heroic actions when they're not donning the character, so it's definitely different. We don't introduce them by saying, “These are the good guys, or these are the bad guys,” like we do in something like Aquaman. In Watchmen, it's really nice to create these characters who are more complex and to really say that at any given time, we could be operating on either side of the spectrum.
While we're on the subject of comic book adaptations, you recently tweeted at James Gunn and suggested that you auditioned for The Suicide Squad when he tweeted a cast list. I assume you were joking?
Yeah, I was just having fun. I'm a big, big fan of The Office, and I really loved Suicide Squad. I got into that when I was studying for Aquaman, following Black Manta. So that was just poking fun, a little, “I wanna be in the party, I wanna come over and play.”
You just wanna be in everything!
I just wanna play!
Well, it definitely looks Black Manta will be the primary villain in Aquaman 2.
Aquaman 2 is happening! It is happening, and we can look for that, I believe, in 2022. So I'm excited to be part of that. Black Manta will be back, and hopefully, he'll be causing a lot more trouble than he did in the first one.
So you've got several years lined up in your career, and that's pretty cool.
C'mon, you recently wrapped the new Candyman movie with Jordan Peele.
Yeah, Candyman was awesome. It was nice to be in Chicago, I'd never been to Chicago before. It's a beautiful city. And it was also really cool to be working on IP that the world knows, and it's important in the horror-genre canon, so you know, it's really cool to be part of something that people know about, but also to have the opportunity to retell that story while also honoring all of the good things that were about it. Obviously, I think Jordan [Peele] has a certain perspective, and it's always nice to bring social commentary into the work that we do. So we definitely inject that into our work, and [director] Nia DaCosta is an up-and-coming filmmaker. She was already very good, and I'm glad to be able to work with her before everyone else knows all about her because she's really, really good, and so I'm really happy to have something to share next summer with what we did with Candyman. I think it has the opportunity to be really special. And scary.
Also, you have a history of appearing in musical productions, so I want to note that in Watchmen, there's an Oklahoma! scene. I did not expect that, ever!
It's one of those things where you never know what to expect, and the first episode really teased that up with the audience, and there's so many different turns, and so, be aware, and keep your eyes open, be on the edge of your seat. It really says that things can turn at any moment.
Your character isn't part of that production, but did you know that Oklahoma! would be a thing in this show?
No, I wasn't aware, so that was a pleasant surprise for me. I wasn't in that scene, so it was nice to sit back and to wonder what that was going to be like. It was a strong addition, and it's something that's so otherly, even our version of Oklahoma! — I think there's even a joke that it's The Black Oklahoma! There's a distance, there's a sort-of separating from reality. We know that there's something different, a little bit strange, a little bit off about this world. It's nice to be breaking those conventions and toying with people's expectations of what they're gonna see, and what normal is in our world.
HBO's 'Watchmen' will premiere on Sunday, October 20.