Jordan Peele, the Oscar winner, is making hints that his next fourth installment might be his “favorite movie” to date. On the radio show “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” the writer-director of “Nope” disclosed that although the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes had caused an interruption in his upcoming feature, his “next project is clear.” After his breakthrough picture “Get Out,” Peele’s next project, “Us,” and “Nope,” was supposed to be released on December 25, 2024, but both it and another film from Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions were taken off the Universal Pictures release schedule. In 2019, Peele and Monkeypaw established a five-year contract with Universal.
“Obviously, it’s been an interesting year because the writer’s strike had had me in a state of listening, and that’s where I need to be,” Peele stated. “I do feel like my next project is clear to me, and I’m psyched that I have another film that, you know, could be my favorite movie if I make it right.” Peele continued by saying that in all of his horror flicks and earlier comedic drafts, it’s crucial to have a “grounding character.” Just like the comedy, the heightening, the pushing, the fantastical and the imagination, that becomes a certain type of project and exercise, but the exercise of grounding it is always what makes it work,” the speaker stated. “That to me, in horror especially, is the hardest part.”
After “Get Out,” Peele hinted that he was working on four “social thrillers.” In 2022, he told the Associated Press that he was “off to the races” on exploring the thriller genre more thoroughly, possibly with a “Get Out” sequel. “Never say never.” Addressing his previously indicated five-film thriller concept, Peele stated, “I just don’t know if I could limit how many films I have that are me,” Peele said at the time. “I’m starting to lose sight of what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing movies like this. So I would say the project has extended.”
“Nothing is more rewarding than being able to lead the charge on something that comes from somewhere deep and to get the support of a team on something like that,” the writer-director continued, discussing why he prefers creating authentic films over franchises. ” I feel like if I were working off of someone else’s property, I would owe something to someone else. Besides that core piece of inspiration, it just doesn’t seem as fun to me….When faced with my very favorite properties, it still doesn’t beat the thing I haven’t written yet or the thing I haven’t figured out.”