Jordan Peele’s next horror film lands 2022 release at Universal
After attaching himself as a producer on a number of genre projects on both the big and small screens, Jordan Peele is officially stepping back into the feature director’s chair for a new horror film at Universal Pictures, which the studio has just set for a July 2022 release!
Plot details are currently being kept close to the chest on the project for the time being, but should they follow in the same vein as his past two directorial efforts, they will be terrifying and subversive tales full of socially-conscious thematics in regards to race and society.
Universal’s announcement of the release date for Peele’s new film comes hours after Warner Bros. announced that Fantastic Beasts 3, the third installment in the studio’s Harry Potter prequel franchise led by Eddie Redmayne (The Trial of the Chicago 7), would hit theaters on July 15, 2022, one week prior to Peele’s new film. The fantasy production has seen a number of speed bumps in its production, including delays due to the global pandemic as well as the recent announcement that WB had asked Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) to resign from his role after he lost his libel case against the English publisher News Group Newspapers.
After scoring rave reviews for his work in the comedy field for years, Peele surprised the world with Get Out, his 2017 directorial debut that landed firmly in the horror genre and received universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, netting Universal over $255 million worldwide at the box office and seeing Peele become the first Black winner for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars, while also garnering nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
Peele followed it up with another horror outing in 2019’s Us, which also received rave reviews from critics and grossed over $255 million at the global box office for Universal, though was sadly snubbed in major awards nominations.
The 41-year-old co-developer/host/narrator of CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone reboot is currently awaiting for the release of the Nia DaCosta co-written/directed Candyman revival, which he produced and co-wrote with partner Win Rosenfeld, as well as helping develop a remake of Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, both of which are set at Universal Pictures.