On paper, there are few movies in recent memory that have justified a sequel quite like Get Out.
Financially, it’s a no-brainer. The smash success racked up over $250 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget. It’s about to get another boost from multiple Academy Award nominations and potential wins. It’s made stars out of writer-director Jordan Peele and actor Daniel Kaluuya, both of whom have racked up award nominations and find themselves in position to do what they want. By every Hollywood measure, the horror-drama, which tapped into America’s racial issues in a way so few have done before, was a mega-success.
That said, the story ties up in a rather tidy bow and doesn’t leave too much room for most of the characters in the film to return. Not to mention that a revisiting of the characters that are still standing could undo much of the thematic and plot development earned by the film.
Still, it must be hard for Peele for resist the opportunity. In fact, during a recent interview at The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night, Peele suggested that he might just be thinking about returning to the Get Out universe (The Get Outiverse?).
.@JordanPeele is "seriously considering" a sequel to #GetOut: "There is more story to tell. I don't know what it is now, but there are some loose ends that feel like they want to be tied up." #NomineesNight pic.twitter.com/4MDEO77tDs
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 6, 2018
“I will definitely seriously consider it. I love that universe and I feel like there is more story to tell. I don’t know what it is now but there are some loose ends… that feel like they want to be tied up.”
“I would never wanna do a sequel that just feels like for the sake of a sequel… I would have to have a story that I feel like would take it up a notch.”
The fear, of course, is that Peele would do a sequel just to cash-in on the built-in audience that would happily show up to see what happens next. However, it does sound like he’s at least going to consider things thematically, which is a very positive first step towards franchise-building. No one wants Get Out to devolve into a direct-to-video franchise the way Cloverfield seems to be heading.
It certainly is possible that the Armitage family was not the only one using the “Coagula Process.” And while Get Out explored themes through the lens of an upper class, liberal-seeming white American lense, there are certainly many other ways around the country (and world) to explore the effects of racism that could make for an interesting twist on the plotline.
If and when the Get Out sequel does get announced, we’ll have our fingers crossed that they’re doing it because Jordan Peele figured out the best possible story thread to follow (and everyone got PAID), and not just because the studio wanted one no matter what.