Writer-director Jordan Peele sat down with the cast of his hit thriller “Get Out” at the Variety Screening Series Presented by Filmstruck to discuss the complexities of making a thriller that also deals with race.
“From very early on, I knew the tone was going to be the thing,” he said. “The tone that I was basically looking at was the Ira Levin tone, this sort of 60s, early 70s, unfolding thriller vibe that doesn’t beat you over the head, but sort of a ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ or ‘Stepford Wives’ vibe.”
Peele added that they had some issues finding a place to shoot in Alabama after their original location in California didn’t work out. “We’re in Alabama trying to get locations for this,” Peele continued. “So it’s like, ‘Knock, knock, knock, we wanna use your house.’ ‘For what?’ ‘For a Blumhouse horror–ka-boom.'” Peele mimed a door being shut in their faces.
“We had the rebate to shoot in California, but we lost the rebate, which was entirely my company’s fault,” producer Jason Blum, CEO of Blumhouse Productions, said. “Any other director I have ever worked with would have hung up the phone and burned down my house. Jordan paused, he said, ‘Alright, we’re gonna make it work.'”