Jordan Peele made history on Sunday, becoming the first African American to ever take home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, but does that mean he could make magic happen again with a sequel?
Peele remains optimistic that it could happen and he’s not totally brushing off the idea that a Get Out 2 could be in the works. When asked about the idea of a follow-up movie Peele told reporters Saturday at a press junket: “We are not closed off to a sequel.”
Should a second chapter be made?
“Look, the producers and I agree. This is not the kind of movie you make a sequel just to make a sequel and make more money. This movie transcends the business that it did. So if I can get a story that feels worthy as a follow-up in this world, we’ll do it … and if not, then absolutely not.”
Peele is fresh off an emotional high of securing a coveted Oscar for hit movie and during Sunday night’s Academy Awards he thanked the people who got the word out, bought tickets, and made the movie a cult classic.
He said during his acceptance speech: “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible… that no one would ever let me make this movie but I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie then people would hear it. and people would see it. So I want to dedicate this to people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”
The critically acclaimed film was nominated for four Oscars including Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, and Best Picture. His win just may prove that the Academy gets it and might have risen up from the sunken place when it comes to diversity in the industry.
The win comes as a surprise after recent reports said older Oscar voters dismissed Get Out, refusing to even watch it. Fans were also outraged at the film’s treatment. At last year’s Golden Globes it was nominated in the comedy category.
Although it’s no laughing matter, Peele said the movie’s message is as real as it gets.
“The reason for the visceral response to this movie being called a comedy is that we are still living in a time in which African American cries for justice aren’t being taken seriously,” Peele said. “It’s important to acknowledge that though there are funny moments, the systemic racism that the movie is about is very real.”
Peele said he realizes the movie’s importance take prevails.
“I think all these stories, all these voices, many of them we’ve seen this year, have an impact. I meant what I said. I think that expression, conversation, that is the weapon against violence,” Peele said in the press room. “That is the weapon against bigotry and hatred. This movie that I made, we dove straight into the topic of bigotry and racism. We did it in an entertaining way. But I’m inspired by everything I’ve seen this year.”
Peele’s buddy and longtime comedy partner Keegan Michael-Key also supported him and shared his reaction to the historic win on Instagram, captioning the pics #OscarsSoPeele.