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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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Acting comes with a lot of responsibility’

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaim…

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.

Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films, such as Jordan Peele’s horror Us and Marvel’s Black Panther.

Lupita reflected on her six-year career as she accepted the Montecito Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Monday, telling the audience that she feels honoured to have been offered the opportunities she has.

“It still feels early for me to be reflecting on a body of work, but I feel blessed to have had the diversity of experience I have had so far,” she gushed, according to local news website Noozhawk.com. “It’s something I have always wanted.

“As an actor, real freedom is having that choice, and it’s hard to get there because acting is reliant on many other things. Acting is a privileged thing. It’s luxurious to play all day, and have people look up at you… It’s a luxurious thing, and also a thing that comes with a lot of responsibility.”

The Little Monsters star previously explained to British Vogue magazine that she is seduced by projects which might have a cultural impact.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” Lupita explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.

“I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Lupita can next be seen starring opposite Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger in spy thriller 355 and leading the TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet looks relate to film characters

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet. The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, …

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet.

The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, consider the outfits she wears when promoting projects to be an extension of the visual storytelling within the movie.

Accordingly, they treat each event with thematic precision, and explored female warrior iconography when Lupita was promoting Black Panther and mined circus and carnival references while stepping out to support horror movie Us.

“It’s really important to have a narrative, because we’re telling a story visually, just like in an editorial,” Erlanger told British Vogue magazine. “She’s never in costume, but her look has to relate to the character she’s there to talk about.”

However, their narrative dressing is put to one side when it comes to award shows, as they like to go for all-out glamour.

“It’s an extraordinary honour to walk the red carpet at these events, so you have to have the confidence to command a presence there and represent the best possible version of yourself,” the style expert added. “Lupita is the star of her own life and she dresses for that role in those moments.”

Erlanger, who also works with actresses such as Olivia Munn, Meryl Streep, and Gal Gadot, also praised the 12 Years a Slave star for coming into their meetings having done her homework.

“She’s an expert in tailoring and silhouettes, and her knowledge of what suits her allows her to be more daring,” she gushed. “She pushes me, I push her and we bring each other back down to earth. This trust has allowed us to see how transformative style can truly be. She’s become the ultimate muse and people want to work with her.”

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Lupita Nyong’o attracted to movies with potential for ‘social and cultural impact’

Lupita Nyong’o is seduced by film projects which may have a “social and cultural impact”.The 36-year-old won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first-ever feature film role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and has worked consistently ever since, wit…

Lupita Nyong’o is seduced by film projects which may have a “social and cultural impact”.

The 36-year-old won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first-ever feature film role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and has worked consistently ever since, with credits in movies such as Black Panther, Us, Little Monsters, and the latest Star Wars trilogy.

In a cover interview with British Vogue magazine, the actress explained that she has given herself “permission to take things slow” so she can carefully pick the projects that allow her to make a difference.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” she explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.”

Lupita, who has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in Jordan Peele’s horror Us, is next set to produce and star in a TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah – a project she fell “madly in love” with.

“I had never seen the African contemporary experience explored, celebrated and analysed in such a way,” the star gushed. “The observations she makes as a non-American black person about America are things that I had never articulated but had felt.

“I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lupita shared that acting can sometimes be a lonely profession.

“With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating,” she admitted.

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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’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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Winston Duke: ‘Avengers: Endgame is going to be crazy’

Winston Duke has teased that the final instalment in Marvel’s Avengers franchise will be “bigger than Infinity War”.According to the Black Panther star, bosses at Marvel Studios have covered new ground with Avengers: Endgame which he insists is going t…

Winston Duke has teased that the final instalment in Marvel’s Avengers franchise will be “bigger than Infinity War”.

According to the Black Panther star, bosses at Marvel Studios have covered new ground with Avengers: Endgame which he insists is going to wow fans and will easily top Avengers: Infinity War.

The 32-year-old actor spoke to Entertainment Tonight at the 50th NAACP Awards on Friday (29Mar19), before celebrating Black Panther’s eight awards on the night.

“Honestly, what I can tell you is that it’s bigger than Infinity War … It’s going to be a lot of fun, going to be crazy, and they have a way of still topping themselves when you feel like they might have jumped the shark,” gushed Winston. “They still have a way of making it new.”

The Us star, who won a legion of fans for his portrayal of Wakandan warrior M’Baku, shared that he was also stunned by the superhero deaths in Infinity War, including his former adversary Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

In Endgame, which premieres 26 April, the remaining superheroes band together to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin), while also trying to find a way to bring their friends back from the dead.

“I went through the same thing, too,” he revealed. “I just went back to the comic books, because I didn’t know anyone was going to die. They shot things separate. Even some of the people who died didn’t know they were going to die.”

Winston’s comments come after the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, revealed that the film’s runtime will be 182 minutes, making it 22 minutes longer Infinity War.

“We’re very rigorous about storytelling points, and we spend months in the edit room twisting and turning the narrative a bunch of different ways until we think we’ve unlocked the best one,” Joe Russo explained to Box Office Pro. “We’re vigilant about using test audiences to tell us whether we’re on the right track or we’re making bad decisions.

“With Endgame, it had one of the most incredible audience responses in Marvel history. Irrespective of the length, it’s been consistently embraced by the test audiences.”

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Dumbo tops North American box office

Dumbo has flown to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (29-31Mar19). The live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film has earned $45 million (£34.5 million) to take the top spot. However, the figure is below the …

Dumbo has flown to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (29-31Mar19).

The live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film has earned $45 million (£34.5 million) to take the top spot. However, the figure is below the $50 million (£38.3 million) movie executives expected the film to make. Overseas, the movie has grossed $71 million (54.4 million) to bring its global total to $116 million (£54.4 million).

Jordan Peele’s horror hit Us comes in second with $30 million (£23 million), while Brie Larson’s superhero film Captain Marvel has earned another $20 million (£15.3 million) to take the third spot.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion film Unplanned is a surprise hit with $6 million (£4.6 million). The true story comes in fifth behind Five Feet Apart’s $6.5 million (£5 million).

“To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how the topic of abortion is so important to bring to audiences,” Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott says. “We hope that those on both sides of the debate will see Unplanned and begin to have their own dialogue. This film can be that spark to bring more hearts and minds to understanding the value of life.”

Meanwhile, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has crossed the $150 million (£115 million) mark on the North American box office and $500 million (£383.3 million) globally after earning $4.2 million (£3.2 million) over the past week.

And closing out the top 10 is Matthew McConaughey’s The Beach Bum. The film made a disappointing $1.8 million (£1.4 million), handing the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club actor his worse opening ever.

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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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Lupita Nyong’o studied spasmodic dysphonia to come up with Us voice

Lupita Nyong’o came up with the creepy voice used by her evil doppelganger in hit horror movie Us by studying people who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia. The 12 Years A Slave star features alongside Winston Duke in the new film, about a vacationing fa…

Lupita Nyong’o came up with the creepy voice used by her evil doppelganger in hit horror movie Us by studying people who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia.

The 12 Years A Slave star features alongside Winston Duke in the new film, about a vacationing family haunted by a group of demon lookalikes.

Lupita had to distort her voice to portray her onscreen antagonist, Red, and she decided to borrow aspects of the neurological disorder after learning that it was something attorney and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had once overcome.

“I was fascinated, and I started doing research,” she told The New York Times. “I met with people who have the condition and built it from there.”

Medical experts have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of spasmodic dysphonia, but that gave the Oscar winner flexibility in the way she developed her broken speech pattern.

“It could be a trauma in your life – someone dying, or a physical assault. It varies,” she shared. “For me, it felt very organic as an inspiration for Red, who’s had this kind of strangled past.

“Red’s character is very ID-driven, so one of the things that we were looking for was for that to come across in the quality of her voice – just the raw emotion, the raw rage.”

The sounds she began spewing as Red gave director Jordan Peele a chill, and he knew at that moment Lupita had perfected the part.

“I (had just) described it as a voice that hadn’t been used in years,” he recalled telling the actress. “She sat me down and said ‘Are you ready?’ It was like nothing I had ever heard. So creepy.”

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