Not content with being the first debut feature by an African-American writer/director to make $100 million; Get Out, the horror-thriller-satire has become the highest grossing original screenplay debut film… ever!
For those of you who haven’t yet seen it… (like seriously)… Get Out stars British Brilliant Black actor, Daniel Kaluuya (Skins, Sicario) as Chris, a black man in an interracial relationship with Rose (Allison Williams – Girls). On a trip back to Rose’s parents’ home in the very white suburbs, Chris runs into some horrific racial occurrences, which indeed he must Get Out from if he wants to survive. Thus Jordan Peele – director/writer has blessed us with an extremely layered and metaphorically weighty social-thriller.
Get Out has currently made, $150+ million at the US domestic box office, and is no doubt set to surpass that. Especially with global receipts taken into account. The horror, produced by Blumhouse has taken the record from Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez who co-wrote and directed The Blair Witch Project (1999). The Blair Witch Project was made on a $60k budget then went on to make $140 million.
Peele has said he has more social-thrillers in his pocket. In the meantime he’s set to direct Akira – a live action remake of the Japanese animated classic.
Kaluuya who’s career is already on a steady course of greatness, has long been cast in the next highly anticipated black film event, Marvel’s Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed). Black Panther also stars fellow British Blacklister Letitia Wright and a cast of black excellence including Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett and Sterling K. Brown… to name but a few. Kaluuya will play W’Kabi – chief of Wakandan security and Black Panther’s second-in-command.
Kaluuya has also been cast in Steve McQueen’s (12 Years a Slave) remake of 80s classic series Widows, alongside British Blacklister Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), and Andre Holland (Moonlight) and Viola Davis. Widows is about a crew of crooks who are killed during a robbery; leaving their widowed spouses pick up where they left off.
Read TBB’s 92% #OutOf100 Get Out review here.