Remember when Jordan Peele was just another comedian trying to earn a living? A lot has changed for the 40-year-old actor in recent years — and it’s all thanks to his genius.
With just two films under his belt, Peele has catapulted himself in the film industry. Critics and regular moviegoers alike love him. But Peele isn’t done changing the horror landscape, especially now that he’s bagged a huge deal.
Humble Beginnings in Comedy
Many know about Saturday Night Live, but the legendary NBC variety show once had some competition. For one, Fox had Mad TV. The comedy show only had 15 seasons in the end, but it left its mark.
The show introduced talented performers such as Alex Borstein, Michael McDonald, and Nicole Sullivan to the world. Likewise, it had Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
Keegan-Michael Key was in Mad TV for six seasons while Peele stayed for five. This was enough time for them to bond and realize something. Together, they could perform sketch comedy whenever they want.
And so Key & Peele was born on Comedy Central in 2012. This lasted for five seasons and proved what the duo was capable of. You could even say that it’s a cult classic now.
But what that show did the most was this: It allowed Peele to develop his writing skills. He had to think of unique situations all the time — and the jokes always had to land perfectly.
Finding the Perfect Balance
In 2017, Peele decided to veer away from comedy and explore horror. With a budget of no more than $4.5 million, he wrote, produced, and directed Get Out.
This was his first feature-length film — and it delivered. The critics loved how insightful and effective his commentary was on issues of race. Many were impressed at how Peele balanced frights and laughs.
Peele didn’t look like a newcomer. Get Out eventually made over $250 million at the global box office. Besides, the movie won Best Original Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards.
He then followed up with Us. It had a lot of things to say about the class divide in America. But just like Get Out, it was bloody and exciting. With just a $20 million, Us reaped more than $250 million as well.
All the Money for Scares
So what’s in store for Peele now? Well, he just accepted a nine-figure deal with Universal Pictures. The contract lasts for five years and will help Peele finance and market his new projects.
Universal believes in him. He’s no longer just a comedy actor. Peele is a bonafide master of horror who has a distinct voice. Plus, he can help the studio turn huge profits to compete with Disney.
Peele can attract millions of moviegoers and get the support of critics at the same time. Thus, Universal had no choice but to get an exclusive deal.
With this lucrative deal, Peele will once again write, produce, and direct two more movies. Also, his studio Monkeypaw won’t stop financing the original works of other filmmakers.
As of now, all eyes are on Candyman, which Nia DaCosta will direct. Peele wrote it with the help of Win Rosenfeld. This so-called spiritual sequel to the 1992 Candyman is set for a 2020 release. Thus, you won’t have to wait long to experience another terrifying Peele project in cinemas.