Issa Rae and Jordan Peele join forces on Sinkhole

Issa Rae and Jordan Peele have announced they will team up to co-produce a new genre film called Sinkhole.Deadline has reported that Universal swung a low-seven-figure deal to win the project, outbidding 10 other studios. Peele has a strong first-look …

Issa Rae and Jordan Peele have announced they will team up to co-produce a new genre film called Sinkhole.

Deadline has reported that Universal swung a low-seven-figure deal to win the project, outbidding 10 other studios. Peele has a strong first-look deal with Universal, having worked with the studio to release his 2017 critically acclaimed hit Get Out.

Said to deal with questions of women’s perfectionism and identity, Sinkhole’s screenplay is based on a short story by Leyna Krow, who has signed on to executive-produce. In Krow’s story, a family moves into a home with a sinkhole in the backyard and discover it can fix broken things.

It is speculated that the film will be a star vehicle for Rae, who put herself on the map with HBO comedy-drama series Insecure, nominated for eight Emmy Awards as of yesterday’s announcement.

Rae has also recently starred in the romantic drama The Photograph, as well as alongside Kumail Nanjiani in Netflix film The Lovebirds.

Rae will produce Sinkhole under the banner of Issa Rae Productions, along with Montrel McKay and Sara Rastogi, while Peele and Win Rosenfeld will produce for their Monkeypaw Productions, represented by CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and Morris Yorn.

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Halloween Kills and Candyman reboot releases postponed

Halloween Kills and the Candyman reboot are among the horror movies being delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The 12th instalment in the hugely successful Halloween saga, which sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role as former tormen…

Halloween Kills and the Candyman reboot are among the horror movies being delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 12th instalment in the hugely successful Halloween saga, which sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role as former tormented babysitter Laurie Strode, was due to be hitting cinemas on 16 October.

Franchise creator John Carpenter, who directed the original 1978 movie, took to Twitter to explain the reasons behind the delay, and confessed he and director David Gordon Green were “heartbroken” by the decision.

“If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience,” he wrote. “After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.”

However, he did cheer up fans when he confirmed that the new film will see the return of a swathe of original cast members, including Brian Andrews, Nancy Stephens, Brent Le Page, Charles Cypher and Kyle Richards.

The 13th movie in the horror saga, Halloween Ends has subsequently been pushed back from 15 October 2021 to the following year.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has announced the Candyman reboot, co-written by Oscar winner Jordan Peele, has been postponed by three weeks, from September until 16 October.

And The Forever Purge, the latest instalment in the dystopian horror franchise, has got a release date of July next year, after being indefinitely delayed in May.

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Hollywood rallies round John Boyega following Black Lives Matter speech

J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill and Jordan Peele have pledged to support John Boyega after he feared he would never work again following his anti-racism speech at Black Lives Matter rally.The Star Wars actor attended the protest in London’s Hyde Park on Wedne…

J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill and Jordan Peele have pledged to support John Boyega after he feared he would never work again following his anti-racism speech at Black Lives Matter rally.

The Star Wars actor attended the protest in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday and gave a speech to the crowd in which he condemned racial injustice and called for action.

“Look I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this but, f**k that,” Boyega told the crowd, as his voice broke with emotion. “Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I ain’t waiting.”

After a video of Boyega’s speech went viral on Twitter, filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry urged other Hollywood creatives to make a pledge to work with the Attack the Block star in the future.

“I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well,” he wrote.

Abrams, who directed the 28-year-old in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, wrote: “You KNOW that as long as I’m allowed to keep working, I’ll always be begging to work with you. Deep respect and love, my friend.”

“Have before and would again, in a heartbeat. So proud of John today,” wrote Edgar Wright, who was an executive producer on 2011’s Attack the Block.

“We got you, John,” Get Out director Peele replied, as well as Lin Manuel-Miranda, who tweeted: “Oh god I WISH, Ojalá! From Attack The Block to this day!”

Hamill, who has worked with Boyega on all three of the Star Wars sequels, penned an emotional note to the young actor.

“Never been more proud of you, John. @JohnBoyega (love), dad,” he posted.

The official Star Wars Twitter account also threw its support behind the British actor, and even shared a link where fans could watch his speech at the rally. “We stand with and support you, @JohnBoyega,” they wrote.

Protests have been taking place in the U.S., U.K. and around the world in response to the tragic death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis last week.

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Jason Blum: ‘Jordan Peele has no intention of making Get Out sequel’

Jordan Peele has “no intention” of making a sequel to his horror Get Out, according to producer Jason Blum. The comedian made his feature film directorial debut with the satire, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, in 2017. Get Out went …

Jordan Peele has “no intention” of making a sequel to his horror Get Out, according to producer Jason Blum.

The comedian made his feature film directorial debut with the satire, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, in 2017. Get Out went on to become a box office and critical smash hit, with it making more than $255 million (£197 million) worldwide from a $4.5 million (£3.5 million) budget, garnering four Oscar nominations, and winning the accolade for Best Original Screenplay.

Blumhouse Productions founder Blum, who helped produce Get Out, sparked excitement on social media in 2018 when he said that Peele was “flirting with the idea” of a sequel, but in a new interview with Observer.com, he admitted his comments were a case of “wishful thinking”.

“I think that was taken out of context,” he continued. “I think what I said and what I would still say is, I would love to make a Get Out sequel but we would only do it if Jordan wanted to do it and as far as I know, he has no intention of doing that.”

Back in 2018, Peele told reporters at the Independent Spirit Awards that he was not “closed off to a sequel” but he wouldn’t do one just for the sake of it.

“Look, the producers and I agree. This is not the kind of movie you make a sequel just to make a sequel and make more money,” the filmmaker explained. “This movie transcends the business that it did. So, if I can get a story that feels worthy as a follow-up in this world, we’ll do it… and if not, then absolutely not.”

Peele followed up Get Out with 2019’s Us, which featured Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, and he also wrote the screenplay to the upcoming sequel of 1992 horror Candyman. In addition, he developed the TV reboot of The Twilight Zone and is producing upcoming horror series Lovecraft Country.

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John Boyega hoping to work with Lena Waithe

John Boyega is excited about a possible collaboration with Lena Waithe.The British actor, who rose to fame playing Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has got a long list of acting projects lined up following the conclusion of the trilogy, a…

John Boyega is excited about a possible collaboration with Lena Waithe.

The British actor, who rose to fame playing Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has got a long list of acting projects lined up following the conclusion of the trilogy, and he’s hoping to add a collaboration with Queen & Slim screenwriter Lena Waithe to his schedule.

“She stopped me at the Met Gala, and she was like, ‘Imma get you a role, ain’t no one hitting it with you just yet,’” he recalled to Hypebeast magazine. “I loved that talk. She came up to me at the Met Gala just like, ‘Yo, I think you something and I think that I can brainstorm something just for you.’”

Boyega hopes to follow in the footsteps of Waithe and filmmakers like Jordan Peele and Ryan Coogler, who have made popular films with black leads, with his production company.

“I’ve just been trying to gather up stories that I know that would be significant of solid interest. But also support directors who are developing original stories. What is the next Star Wars? What is the next franchise?” the 27-year-old added.

Boyega recently finished filming Steve McQueen’s next movie Small Axe and already has a Netflix movie called They Cloned Tyrone, an action film called Rebel Ridge, which co-stars Kevin Costner, and The Naked Singularity with Bill Skarsgard and Olivia Cooke, lined up.

When asked if he would return to the role of Finn, he said he only would consider it if the film focuses on “the banter, the bickering, the undercover romances” and “connection, family, friendship”.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now.

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Us is a triple winner at African American Film Critics Association Awards

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named the Best Film of 2019 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).The movie, which banked just over $255 million (£193.5 million) at the worldwide box office, also earned Peele the Best Director title and …

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named the Best Film of 2019 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).

The movie, which banked just over $255 million (£193.5 million) at the worldwide box office, also earned Peele the Best Director title and Best Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson shared in a statement.

“With Us, he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically.

“The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.”

Eddie Murphy was another big winner, taking the Best Actor prize for Dolemite Is My Name, while his co-star, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, picked up a supporting accolade, alongside Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy.

AAFCA officials also listed their top films of the year. In addition to Us, they named Dolemite Is My Name, Just Mercy, The Irishman, Clemency, Queen & Slim, Waves, Parasite, Atlantics, The Farewell, and Harriet as their favourites.

Meanwhile, there were double honours for Waves as Kelvin Harrison, Jr. landed Best Breakout Performance, and Taylor Russell claimed the We See You Award for rising stars.

Parasite was declared Best Foreign Film, its writer/director Bong Joon-ho scored Best Screenplay, while Queen & Slim won the Impact Award.

Best Animated Film went to Abominable, The Black Godfather won Best Documentary, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco was deemed Best Independent Film.

The winners of the AAFCA Awards will be celebrated at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 22 January.

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Jordan Peele signs five-year deal with Universal

Jordan Peele has signed a multi-million dollar five-year deal with Universal.The Oscar winner’s production company Monkeypaw Productions has agreed a new contract with Universal Pictures which will see Peele’s movies released by the studio until 2024, …

Jordan Peele has signed a multi-million dollar five-year deal with Universal.

The Oscar winner’s production company Monkeypaw Productions has agreed a new contract with Universal Pictures which will see Peele’s movies released by the studio until 2024, according to Variety.

The nine-figure deal was announced by studio chief Donna Langley, who said that the 40-year-old has “established himself as a premier voice and original storyteller with global appeal.”

“He is leading a new generation of filmmakers that have found a way to tap into the cultural zeitgeist with groundbreaking content that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds,” she added.

Peele heaped praise on Langley and her team at Universal and thanked them for supporting him with his 2017 directorial debut Get Out and his horror Us, which was released earlier this year.

“It would not have been possible to make Get Out and Us without the endless trust and support we received from Donna Langley and the team at Universal,” he said. “Their willingness to take risks and their commitment to original content makes them the perfect collaborative partner for Monkeypaw. I couldn’t be more excited for what lies ahead.”

Peele is currently in development on two feature films for Universal, on which he will serve as writer, director and producer, while Monkeypaw is producing a remake of the 1992 movie Candyman, which Peele has written with Win Rosenfeld.

The funnyman, who rose to fame on his hit TV show Key & Peele, won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

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Jordan Peele to receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for directing

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles. The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia A…

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles.

The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing in recognition of his two horror films, Get Out and Us.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards in a statement. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence. We are honoured to celebrate Jordan’s talents at this year’s ceremony.”

Peele follows in the footsteps of previous directing honourees including Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will hand out the honours during in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California on 25 October.

The 40-year-old will join other stars at the event, including Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is set to receive the British Artist of the Year prize, Jackie Chan, who will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment accolade, Jane Fonda, who will be honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and British actor/comedian Steve Coogan, who will be given the Excellence in Comedy honour.

Peele is currently producing The Twilight Zone TV show, a remake of horror classic Candyman, and animation Wendell and Wild. He served as a writer on all three projects and has also lent his voice to the latter.

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Jordan Peele’s impressions helped Lupita Nyong’o capture Us character

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get …

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.

The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get Out.

Lupita found acting opposite herself tough and told film website Collider: “It was a challenge to act against yourself and never meet your scene partner. That was twisted.”

However, she revealed that Jordan’s knack for doing impressions of her and her castmates really helped.

“We did have incredible support,” the 36-year-old commented. “Jordan was actually awesome. For me, what he would often do – because he’s such a good mimic and impressionist – he would often play on the mic, play the other character. That was really, really helpful.”

The Oscar-winner explained that although her director’s mimicry could have come across as unkind or unprofessional, it hugely improved her performance.

“Because he’s so good at it you think it would be funny but it was actually intriguing because he would kind of own it,” she added. “He was not making fun of you, he was actually trying to give you (advice). That was the coolest thing, to have a director who could do that, who (would) take on that responsibility so that you’re actually working with a spirited version of your other side.”

Lupita’s co-star Winston Duke, who plays Adelaide’s husband Gabe Wilson, also found that Jordan’s impressions added to the “shock value” of being on set.

Us is in cinemas now.

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Jordan Peele was determined for Us to be a ‘monster’ movie

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a g…

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.

The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

Speaking about the doppelgangers, especially the double of Lupita’s character Adelaide Wilson, Jordan has now shared that he wanted not only to create a character, but also a monster that would be on the same level as horror film icons Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees.

“That was the goal from early on,” he said in a video interview for Collider.com. “I wanted to make a monster movie. I think part of it is, you know, when you see a charismatic and well-designed monster, it is magnetic and in the tradition of monster stories I think, empathy lies underneath it.”

Jordan went on to explain that he had been intrigued by the idea of a doppelganger from a young age, though he confessed to spending a lot of time down a “rabbit hole” investigating the concept while working on the script.

“I tried to get to the bottom of why doppelgangers (are) fairly universal. Just about every mythology has some version of the doppelganger tale. And there tends to be a harrowing menace attached to the mythologies as well. I did some research,” the 40-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Jordan explained that he gave his set production designer Ruth De Jong and her team permission to include “Easter eggs” for viewers wherever possible.

And on the topic of whether he plans to continue to make a shared universe of horror movies, following on from Us and his acclaimed 2017 movie Get Out, the star remained tight-lipped.

“Yes, I have thought of it. (I’ll) save it (for now),” he laughed.

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