Count your Christmas blessings because Jordan Peele is gifting us all with his yet-untitled 4th film on December 25, 2024 as per IndieWire. As with all previous Jordan Peele projects, we have no clue what the film will be about or who he’s looking to star in it right now, but we do know that Universal will distribute the feature. The company also distributed Peele’s sci-fi spectacle film Nope last year.
A Tantalizing Release Date
That December release date should get us all excited. Generally, that month is reserved for what the studios deem as the “event” movies of the calendar year, the movies that everyone goes out to see for the holiday season. For some examples, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in December 2015 and Avatar: The Way of Water opened in December of 2022. Given that Peele’s films have ballooned in size scope each time and last year’s Nope (which was released in the summer month of July 2022) was Peele’s take on a blockbuster, having this currently untitled 4th movie nab a December release spot implies the ever-ambitious director has something very special up his sleeve.
However, Peele will be faced with a lot of blue-themed competition in this space, with both Paramount’s family-aimed Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Disney’s Avatar 3 serving as counter-programming. Sonic and Avatar are also connected to popular franchises whilst all of Peele’s films up to this point have been original works, but Peele’s name being attached should draw in both fans of his previous work and those who aren’t interested in the typical blockbuster studio fare.
Each of Peele’s previous films has been met with both critical praise and mostly positive audience reactions leading to solid box office returns, so there’s no reason to think that good word-of-mouth won’t help his new one find solid legs in a slightly crowded holiday season.
Jordan Peele’s Rise to Stardom
Jordan Peele began as a cast member on the popular sketch comedy show MadTV, where he stayed for 5 seasons from 2003-2008. In 2012, Peele teamed with his friend and fellow MadTV cast member Keegan Michael Key to create Key & Peele for Comedy Central, which put both of them in the wider public eye and received critical acclaim (including 2 Primetime Emmys and Peabody Award) during its run from 2012-2015.
The two collaborated in the buddy action-comedy Keanu in 2016, for which Peele co-wrote the script with Alex Rubens. Following that, Peele would transition into directing with 2017’s satirical horror-comedy Get Out, launching both himself and lead Daniel Kaluuya into superstardom. The film was nominated for four Oscars the following year: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, winning the last. Peele followed that up with the psychological horror Us in 2019, which gained both critical acclaim and global box office success along with glowing recognition for Lupita Nyong’o’s dual lead performances.
Finally, 2022 saw Peele’s biggest and most ambitious project yet, the sci-fi film Nope, which, while not as well-received as his previous efforts, still gained largely positive reviews, many of which singled out the performances of Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yeun as well as Peele’s themes and direction.
Whatever Jordan Peele has in store for us come Christmas 2024, I’m sure it will be something special. Peele has pushed himself more and more with every film, and this one should prove no different. We’ll find out on December 25, 2024.
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