The accolades just keep rolling in for Jordan Peele and his breakout horror flick, Get Out. First it garnered a rare 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, then it pulled in more than $100M at the box office after its third weekend.
The fete has now made Peele the first African-American writer-director to surpass the triple digit mark with a debut film. Peele, who is most well-known as half of the comedy duo Key and Peele, wrote on Twitter that he’s “the first of many” such black writer-directors to hit that $100 million debut target. Then, he added, “meaning I won’t be the last.”
Other black directors have seen their feature debuts go on to earn $100 million — Clark Johnson’s 2003 film S.W.A.T. grossed nearly $117 million — but none have done it with their own screenplays.
Peele wrote, produced and directed the racially charged thriller and told HipHollywood it was his goal to appease black audiences, and give them the scary movie they’ve been longing for.
“This is a movie where you are supposed to yell at the screen … Black horror audience, we are a loyal movie audience. We go, we come out, and there hasn’t been enough representation. Not just having black characters, and protagonist …I wanted to make a movie where they did the smart thing.”
Idris Elba Thinks The Future Of The James Bond Franchise Is Female!
Idris Elba doesn’t want to play James Bond, but is down to make some changes to the James Bond film franchise.
Despite being fan cast as the next 007 by just about every person on the Internet with a Twitter handle, Elba has remained consistently distant from the world’s request. However, he does have a few ideas on who the next super secret spy could be … and it isn’t a guy.
“Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?” Elba asked while at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Sundance Film Festival. “Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have — do something different with it, why not?”
Elba was on the panel speaking about his directorial debut, “Yardie,” but paused to reflect on the future of the British Secret Service.
Potential women Bonds however will have some time to prepare for the audition process, as Daniel Craig still has one more sequel to make for the storied franchise, marking the 25th installment and expected out in 2019.
For the record Craig thinks Elba would make a great Bond. We’ll have to see how he feels about a female replacement next time we catch up with him.
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