Blumhouse and QC Entertainment are producing the project.
The film follows a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate.
“People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films. Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way,” Peele said. “‘Get Out’ takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
Known more for his comedic talents, the multi-hyphenate, who was nominated for an Emmy for his Comedy Central comedy sketch show “Key & Peele,” has tried his hands at darker material in the past, including a recurring role on the first season of the FX drama “Fargo.”
Jason Blum and QC Entertainment principals Sean McKittrick and Edward H. Hamm Jr. are producing the movie, while Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson is executive producing alongside QC’s Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick.
The deal was negotiated by QC’s Ray Mansfield.
Peele, who is repped by UTA and Principato-Young Entertainment, is currently in production on the New Line comedy “Keanu.”