Daniel Kaluuya and Writer/Director/Producer Jordan Peele on the set of 'Nope.'

(L to R) Daniel Kaluuya and Writer/Director/Producer Jordan Peele on the set of 'Nope.' © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Jordan Peele has clearly earned Universal’s trust. And following the success of ‘Get Out’, ‘Us’ and last year’s ‘Nope’, it’s perhaps not all that surprising that the studio would see him as a heavy hitter.

There are few bigger examples of confidence than lining up a filmmaker’s new title –– without any real details to share –– in a competitive release slot, and Peele’s latest faces a real one.

His next film, the fourth he’s written and directed, will be in theaters on 25 December 2024. That’s right: Christmas Day!

To make it more exciting/challenging, that date is exactly one week after the arrival of both ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 3’ (which we would figure as less of a threat, since Peele’s movies are rarely aimed at kids and families) and James Cameron’s third ‘Avatar’ movie.

That one is more likely to be a challenge, especially since the ‘Avatar’ films have been adept at steamrollering over other releases. The original 2009 film remains the highest grossing modern film, with more than $2.9 billion in the bank. But follow-up ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ is no slouch in that department either, having earned more than $2.3 billion for third place on the list.

Skeptics keep pointing to ‘Avatar’ fatigue as a problem for the franchise moving forward but given ‘The Way of Water’s results so far, that’s unlikely.

Daniel Kaluuya and director Jordan Peele on the set of 'Get Out.'

(L to R) Daniel Kaluuya and director Jordan Peele on the set of 'Get Out.'

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What will Jordan Peele’s new film be about?

So what do we know about the new film from Peele? Nothing, at least for now. In keeping with his usual style, Peele has this far said nothing about the title, genre or cast for the new movie.

He’s a filmmaker whose work always carries subtext and themes –– ‘Get Out’ appeared to be a relationship drama at first but used the frame of White Guilt to spin a yarn about terrifying experimentation and exploitation on a racially-motivated front. ‘Us’ explored doppelgangers and disenfranchisement to horrifying effect, while ‘Nope’ headed in a more spectacular direction, subverting expectations of an alien encounter story to touch on historic exclusion.

The Christmas Day date doesn’t necessarily mean this will be a festive chiller, but we could certainly imagine the director using something about the season to dig deeper.

That wasn’t the only film announcement to have Peele connections.

Universal, in the same statement, also revealed that a new film from his Monkeypaw production company will also hit theaters –– this one on September 27th, 2024. Even fewer details were released for this one; we don’t even know who is making it.

Daniel Kaluuya in 'Nope.'

Daniel Kaluuya in 'Nope,' written and directed by Jordan Peele. © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

What other movies has Jordan Peele produced?

The new movies is the latest to arrive from Monkeypaw, with past productions including the ‘Candyman’ reboot/sequel, satire ‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul’ and Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’.

Whatever Peele has up his sleeve, we certainly can’t wait to see what he does next… Even if he does end up making us all afraid of what could be coming down the chimney one cold December night…

Writer and director Jordan Peele.

Writer and director Jordan Peele.

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