According to CNBC, this year’s Super Bowl commercials will cost advertisers $5.25 million for 30 seconds of airtime. This means the new one-minute trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us will set Universal Pictures back $10.5 million (more than half of the film’s production budget!) when it runs during the big game. Such big spending isn’t exactly surprising considering Peele’s previous film, Get Out, earned over $255 million worldwide and netted the auteur an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Given all of the money at stake, Universal likely wants as many eyes on the screen as possible during airtime and lots of feverous anticipation; but Peele himself had a trick up his sleeve for fans who just can’t wait until kickoff to catch another glimpse of this highly-anticipated film.
Twilight Zone fans of the world, celebrate! Deadline has reported that on Monday, April 1st, the Jordan Peele hosted reboot of the classic sci-fi show will premiere with two episodes on CBS All Access and then new episodes will be available weekly on Thursdays starting April 11th for CBS All Access subscribers.
The series will be a modern re-imagining of the Rod Serling original which aired 1959-1964. As mentioned above, Jordan Peele will be taking on the Rod Serling role of narrator and host and confirmed actors for the series include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun. read more
Did you think that The Shape of Water’s and Get Out’s big wins at the Academy Awards last year meant that horror movies would finally be getting a fair shake during awards season? Think again! The 2019 Oscar nominations are out, and the horror genre is only represented with a single nomination for A Quiet Place in the category of Best Sound Editing.
Last year, The Shape of Water received 13 nominations (the record is 14), and it ended up winning Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. Get Out was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan Peele), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele), and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), and Peele took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Between these two films, the horror genre was represented in many of the Academy’s most prestigious categories. read more
Winter can be an unpredictable season. Some days defy expectations and reach 60 degrees or better (in the parts of the country that actually have a traditional winter, not the fans lucky enough to live in California, Florida, or other more favorable environments) and then some days live up to their reputation, bringing sleet, snow, and the inevitable school closings and delays.
This winter’s horror film line-up is shaping up to be equally unpredictable and tumultuous. Many projects that were scheduled for the months of January, February, and March have since disappeared (The Turning), have questionable release dates (Jacob’s Ladder on February 1st with no official trailer in site), or have been bought up by Netflix for home viewing (Eli). Despite these inconsistencies, there are some firm release dates for horror fans this season, as well as a wide-variety of films to choose from, covering all of the sub-genres of horror, ranging from thrillers to the ever-popular tales of possessed kids. read more
January 1st, 2018 was such an exciting time for horror fans! Big projects were being announced, everyone was fired up about the upcoming Halloween movie, and conventions were beginning to announce some incredible guests. Just like The Legendary Criswell, I made a few predictions on that day about what we can expect in the world of horror in 2018, and I promised to revisit my premonitions in December. Well, here we are… so let’s see how I did!
As a Christmas present for horror fans list this year, Jordan Peele delivered the official trailer for his upcoming film Us.
The trailer shows, the Wilsons, an ordinary family headed to the beach for a relaxing vacation, while the 1995 Luniz classic I Got 5 On It plays in the car (and in the background throughout the trailer). Upon arrival to their destination the family unwinds in the sand and sun as a mysterious figure arrives on the beach. We get a glimpse of the beach where Jason, the youngest member of the family notably decked out in a classic Jaws t-shirt, decides to check out the area and causes a sir with his absence. Later that evening the Wilsons notice a family of strangers in their driveway, who later reveal themselves to not be strangers at all, but other versions of themselves. read more
Jordan Peele’s upcoming thriller Us has a new poster straight from Universal Pictures.
Starring Black Panther alumni Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us has a growing cast with Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Tim Heidecker (Ant-Man and the Wasp) and newly added members, Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live!), Evan Alex (Mani), Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon (Friends) and Duke Nicholson.
The film’s synopsis is as follows: “A mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Elizabeth Moss). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.” read more
Steven Yeun- The Walking Dead fan-favorite actor and recent recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Burning– has just signed on for a major horror project. It turns out that his travel plans include a trip to the set of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone for a starring role in an upcoming episode called “The Traveler.”
Collider confirms in an exclusive report that Yeun will star in the fourth episode of the new series. According to their report, the episode “follows two cops and a mysterious traveler,” and Yeun will play the aforementioned traveler. read more
Just in from The Hollywood Reporter, three additional stars have been cast in an episode of the upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone from Jordan Peele; Searching‘s John Cho, Allison Tolman from FX’s Fargo and The Predator‘s Jacob Tremblay.
All three have signed on to star in the episode titled “The Wunderkind.” Their roles in the episode and the plot are all being kept tightly under wraps.
They join a growing cast that also includes Adam Scott (Big Little Lies), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Sanaa Lathan (Nappily Ever After), whose roles are also a secret for the time being. read more
Apparently, Jordan Peele has said ”Candyman” five times, as his reboot of the 1992 genre classic Candyman has officially been announced. According to Deadline, MGM and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw will team on the project, which is being called a “spiritual sequel.” Nia DaCosta is already attached to direct a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfield, with Universal eyeing a June 12, 2020 release date.
The only details released so far is that the sequel returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. read more