It has been revealed that Jordan Peele‘s next film ‘Us‘ was inspired by the classic horror series ‘The Twilight Zone.’ While Peele happily says “Thanks, high me!” having many of his upcoming films being inspired from the time where he was a stoner, the inspiration still came from other sources. With ‘Get Out’ being such a success for critics and audiences, it should be no surprise that Peele would return to horror, but it turns out he has “four ideas for social thrillers” in mind already.
So if you’re wondering which episode inspired Peele, read on!
Its initial inspiration, appropriately enough, was the old Twilight Zone episode “Mirror Image,” which he saw as a kid. In it, a woman encounters her duplicate in a bus station and becomes convinced it arrived from a parallel universe, bent on replacing her. “It’s terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling,” Peele says, “and it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination.” He spent six months breaking down his script in his head and another six writing – a substantially shorter gestation period than Get Out.
We’ve known for quite some time that Peele was a fan of Rod Serling’s iconic anthology series as to how committed he has been to both produce and host the rebooted version of the series which is in development. With this in mind, it isn’t a huge surprise that some of his work would be inspired by the series.
Are you going to be making a point to watch “Mirror Image” before ‘Us’ takes over theaters later this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw
Productions stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning
to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke),
and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by
a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she
grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth
Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to
their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four
figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway.
‘Us’ pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper. Us will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Source: Rolling Stone