Looks like I better get to work on my horror spec script.
Sketch comedian-turned-horror auteur Jordan Peele wants to help young black filmmakers get a foothold in the industry, and so he’s telling them to holler at him.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Peele says, “For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in genre.”
He goes on to say that “the reason we don’t see more films about the African American experience is because we haven’t nurtured black talent, we haven’t encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big … Some stories it’s impossible for a white person to tell.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you know that Peele is the writer/director of the incredibly smart and funny, so-called “woke” horror flick Get Out, which has grossed nearly $135 million domestically on a $4.5 million budget. Peele has said he’s got plans for at least four more socially conscious horror movies, but he definitely wants to help black filmmakers get their voices out there as well.
Are you planning on sending your screenplay to Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions? Because, uh, I may just do so myself.
Oh yeah — go see Get Out. It is, without question, the year’s best film.