Most directors have to work a long time before their first big hit. That’s not true for Jordan Peele, who’s feature directorial debut Get Out was a crossover hit. The film earned $214 million in the box office with a budget of just $4.5 million, and won over a large audience of critics, horror movie aficionados and newcomers to the genre. All eyes are on Peele for his next film announcement, and rumors have been circulating that he would helm a Hollywood adaptation of the anime classic Akira. That’s sounding less likely today.
Despite Warner Bros. thinking Peele a good fit for the movie, the director has other plans for his career.
“I think [I could do it] if the story justifies it,” Peele said in an interview with Collider. “Akira is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of. But the real question for me is: Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”
Peele is a well-known lover of geek culture. He parodied everything from Game of Thrones to Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Cosmos in his comedy show Key and Peele. It is no surprise that he’s a fan of anime.
The next film from Peele is being called another “social thriller” and is being made on a budget in the $25 million dollar range. That’s significantly larger than the budget for Get Out, but nowhere near the budget for a studio tent pole movie, which can easily climb to $250 million dollars.
Peele seems to be working his way up to that point, reluctant to bite off more than he can chew. Who knows, maybe eventually he’ll be directing something with a budget like the upcoming Avengers sequels, with their combined $1 billion dollar budget.