Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Crosses $100 Million, But He Never Thought it Would Get Made
"Still, I wanted to make a movie that addressed the fact that we were not in a post racial world," said Peele during his Reddit AMA.
Made for a budget of $5 million, Get Out crossed over the $100 million mark over this weekend, making Jordan Peele the first African-American director to have a debut feature film reach this milestone. But when he wrote the script, he never thought he would be able to make the movie.
In this Reddit AMA video, Peele reveals his surprise at getting the chance to make Get Out, offers advice to writers and filmmakers trying to make their first films, and educates us all about the existence of a college football player named Kobe Buffalomeat.
"Write your favorite movie that you haven't seen. Don't worry about whether it's going to get made. Write something for yourself."
I think the biggest takeaway from Peele's AMA is his advice to writers and directors: "Write your favorite movie that you haven't seen. Don't worry about whether it's going to get made. Write something for yourself. After you have that draft, then worry about what you need to do to sell it. I would also say, as a director, enjoy yourself. It's such a stressful job and if you take the time to take a breathe and have quiet moments for yourself to just say how the fuck did I get here? This is awesome. That will seep into the work and people will feel it. People will feel the joy."
Be sure to check out our interview with Jordan Peele and Get Out lead actors Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Finally, if you haven't already, you can see Get Out in theatres now.