Peele, who has made history as the first black writer-director to score $100 million for a film debut, will receive the award at this year’s CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on March 30.
“With the phenomenon known as Get Out, Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon Managing Director, said in a statement. “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.'”
According to reports, Get Out has become the second non-franchise film to earn over $100 million this year (with the first one being M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split). So, needless to say, the film is both a commercial and critical success, even having earned a rare 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (although one critic messed that up, which Get Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield held the critic to task for).
Peele has several other social thrillers in the works. In an interview with Business Insider, Peele said that his recently-released directorial debut is the first of five social thrillers he plans on creating.
“I have four other social thrillers that I want to unveil in the next decade…The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together,” Peele said. “I’ve been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”