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Jordan Peele and Issa Rae are working on a new supernatural film, Sinkhole

The mystery drama is based on a 2011 short story of the same name

Jordan Peele, the director of Get Out and Us, has teamed up with the Insecure creator and recent Emmy nominee Issa Rae for a new supernatural family drama titled Sinkhole. The film is based off a 2011 short story of the same name (which is free to read online).

The story involves a family who move into a house with a sinkhole (obviously) in the back garden, which fixes whatever is thrown into it. 

As the narrator debates whether to throw herself inside, the sinkhole raises questions about self-image and female identity, echoed in the description of the upcoming film as a: “genre piece that engages on the question of female perfection and identity.”

The original author of Sinkhole, Leyna Krow – who has since released the 2017 science fiction collection I’m Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking – will be on board as an executive producer alongside Alex Davis-Lawrence of the literary journal Moss, where the story was published in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jordan Peele and Issa Rae, meanwhile, will produce the film in collaboration, though it’s not clear if either will write or direct at this stage.

Recently, Jordan Peele has released the trailer for another supernatural drama, in the form of Lovecraft Country, a horror series set in 1950s Jim Crow-era America, which Peele produces alongside JJ Abrams.

Earlier this year, the second season of Peele’s interpretation of The Twilight Zone also aired, and the director has been teasing his Candyman reboot, which had its release delayed to October 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.