A month after principal photography began on his latest genre project, Academy Award-winning director Jordan Peele released the first teaser for his latest endeavor—an intriguing and enigmatic poster—on his Twitter account. So along with the ominous and eerie visual hints provided by the project’s poster, we also now finally have a name: ‘NOPE.’ The project has been so secretive that is does not even appear among his credits on his IMDB account. The film is scheduled to be released into the ether a year to the day from now in 2022 via Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions shingle (as part of an exclusive five-year deal with Universal).
In 2008, Peele made history for winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his first ground-breaking horror film ‘GET OUT.’ This cultural phenomenon spawned a renewed interest in horror themed films by African American filmmakers, as well as a number of ‘I can do it, too’ appropriating copycats-—many of which had black cast members in front of the lens but no black helmers or producers behind it. Who tells the story and owns it is paramount for basing its cultural idiosyncratic framework, not just window dressing.
Now, three years later, Peele is back to reclaim his genre mantel and renew his maxim of making films that exclusively echo the black experience. Thanks to earlier industry reports and fan-based grumblings, we know that in addition to the core cast composed of Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, the film will also include Latin talent in front of the camera: Barbie Ferreira and Brandon Perea! There’s also Korean-born Steven Yeun capping out lead telant representation for the Asian community. Organic diversity.
Peele has been busy exploring and flexing his muscle in the genre space with an impressive series of projects under his belt: He followed up Get Out with the social commentary horror film US, HBO Max’s Lovecraft Country, executive produced the TV reboot of The Twilight Zone, Amazon’s Hunters, and more recently he also co-wrote the screenplay for the re-imagining of the horror classic Candyman, directed by emerging phenom Nia DaCosta. Candyman drops August 27th.
We can readily deduct that there are going to be epic and visually-stunning shots in the movie since real estate on the poster (toned in my favorite, Cobalt Blue!) is dedicated to announcing the fact that “Select sequences filmed with IMAX cameras.” Since the whole basis of IMAX is the hyper wide-screen, immersive experience, we can assume we will be in for a roller-coaster of a ride in format appropriate/capable theaters!
So there’s that and not much else at this point. But LATIN HORROR has an entire year to bring you all the latest and greatest news on this new and exciting genre prospect on the horizon, including any trailers that may be posted out at any moment (Peele is crafty like that). Very exciting…