Sequels to horror films are nearly always inevitable. Especially when the film in question is successful; it’s always been that way, and it most likely will remain that way. But what about a film like Get Out? Could Get Out 2 be a possibility?
Right now, Jordan Peele isn’t saying yes, but he’s also not saying no.
In an interview with Deadline, the comedian-turned-director said that if it happens naturally it may eventually exist – but he’s in no rush to force out ideas to cash in. From the interview:
I haven’t decided anything yet and I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it … I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.
Respectable. This is a smart statement; in not making a definitive statement early on, he never needs to explain why he changed his mind if he does or does not end up making Get Out 2. Though sequels are basically a standard at this point in the horror genre, the idea of a Get Out 2 does feel strange regardless. How would such a thing be possible? Could it ever possibly top the original, which was such an incredible hit for Peele and Blumhouse?
Speaking of the film’s success, it’s been submitted to the Golden Globes – but as a comedy, not a horror. While this may come off as surprising at first, Peele elaborated in a separate interview from Deadline.
The most rewarding part of making “Get Out” is the conversations the film has inspired.
When I originally heard the idea of placing it in the comedy category it didn’t register to me as an issue. I missed it. There’s no category for social thriller. So what? I moved on.
I made this movie for the loyal black horror fans who have been underrepresented for years. When people began standing up for my voice, it meant a lot. “Get Out” doesn’t just belong to me any more, now it belongs to everyone.
The reason for the visceral response to this movie being called a comedy is that we are still living in a time in which African American cries for justice aren’t being taken seriously. It’s important to acknowledge that though there are funny moments, the systemic racism that the movie is about is very real. More than anything, it shows me that film can be a force for change. At the end of the day, call “Get Out” horror, comedy, drama, action or documentary, I don’t care. Whatever you call it, just know it’s our truth.
Once again, respectable. Here’s to hoping for more of Peele’s unique take on the horror genre.