Jordan Peele and Issa Rae are teaming for a sci-fi horror film titled Sinkhole, in development at Universal. The film is being developed as a starring vehicle for Rae, while Peele will produce. Universal reportedly beat out nearly a dozen other studios and streamers for the project for the rights to Leyna Krow‘s short story.
The film is being described as a “thought-provoking genre story”, no surprise considering Peele’s involvement. The story revolves around a young family who move into their dream home, which is plagued by a mysterious sinkhole in the garden that strangely manages to fix broken things. However, what if that sinkhole is actually a person?
The film will also explore themes of female identity and perfection. The short story was originally inspired by an assignment from Krow’s writers group that asked members to write short fairytales on the theme ‘I Married a Monster’.
This sounds great, obviously. Rae is deservedly breaking into movies after becoming a star on her HBO show Insecure, which just secured eight Emmy nominations on Tuesday. A Black Lady Sketch Show, which she produces, also snapped up three nominations. And although Peele isn’t writing or directing, his involvement is still exciting because pretty much anything he touches turns to gold.
Rae recently starred in The Lovebirds and The Photograph, while she’s also currently shooting another horror movie in the form of Blumhouse’s Vengeance, which B.J. Novak is directing. She’s also developing a new take on excellent 90s heist film Set It Off for New Line.
Peele has HBO series Lovecraft Country coming up, while he’s also produced and written Nia DaCosta‘s upcoming Candyman remake.
If Sinkhole can just be in line with the quality of the majority of the projects Rae and Peele have been involved in, we’ll be in good hands. Hopefully it’s even better than that.