‘Get Out’ Filmmaker Jordan Peele Named CinemaCon Director of the Year

Former Comedy Central star’s racial thriller approaching $140 million at domestic box office

Jordan Peele is CinemaCon’s Director of the Year.

The annual gathering of American movie exhibitors will honor the multi-hyphenate star for his breakthrough, still-buzzing racial thriller “Get Out.”

Approaching $140 million at the domestic box office, Peele’s film about a terrifying country weekend has been anointed by critics and moviegoers alike.

Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” said CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.'”

The spec script from the former Comedy Central star was produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse and distributed by Universal Pictures.

It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener.

Sean McKittrick, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Peele are also producers on the project. The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Milton “Lil Rel” Howery, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson and Lakeith Stanfield.

CinemaCon will run from March 27-30 and will feature presentations from top studios, mini-majors STX and Amazon Studios.