Jordan Peele, the American actor, screenwriter, director, and comedian, is currently not putting much thought into what the future entails with respect to his Hollywood career. However, he is keen on taking considerable time to ponder over his next brilliant idea that he insists will come organically to him, perhaps over a cup of coffee.
Nope is currently doing great at the box office and has already garnered a rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which stars the brilliant Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, has also crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office making it the director’s fourth directorial success after Get Out (2017), Us (2019), and Candyman (2021).
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Nope has been the subject of mass raving since the movie’s theatrical premiere. The film has been called a spectacle, praised for its stoicism and originality, and its weirdly comedic and ambitious narrative. Simultaneously, however, Peele’s craft has had to bear the brunt of some negative response which has been weathered in the face of its larger success rate.
While speaking of the terms of the five-year contract with Universal Pictures in 2019, the filmmaker also talks about what the narratives of each of his films try to grasp.
“The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I’ve been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”
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Jordan Peele’s Plans For His Future Movies in Hollywood
Nope hasn’t been all sunshine and gold as some of the criticism levied at Peele’s artistic execution went right for the jugular. It has been called divisive, a cynical cash grab, and although the most confident and assured of all his works, somewhat monotonous, unimaginative, and “an unfortunate case of hype over substance” [Carla May, Culture Mix]. Undaunted by the criticism, the public has rallied against the Academy Award’s disguised preference for a racially prejudiced schema that has been apparent in recent years.
Amid the divisive reviews that his latest project has become the subject of, Jordan Peele lays back and talks about his vision of what his next Hollywood projects would look like.
“I don’t know what’s next, there are a few ideas percolating. I need to kind of sink into the world a bit and allow the world to sort of tell me which one is the next one. So that’s what my next couple of months will be spent doing… Sitting, watching, waiting, looking at my coffee.
If you watch good films you’ll get inspired, even if it has nothing to do with anything you want to do. That will work for me. Sometimes the inspiration comes instantly, and sometimes it comes in a long time. I do need to do some watching and listening, can’t just be always expressing yourself. You’ve got to listen.”
Nope is now playing in theatres worldwide.