We’re glad Jordan Peele didn’t decide to go this direction.
While Get Out was originally billed as a horror film, it had notes of comedy throughout and can better be described as a thriller. No matter what you call it, Jordan Peele’s first directing gig was a huge success. However, on a Buzzfeed podcast he recently described an alternative ending he’d considered using when writing the script. Spoilers ahead, so beware if you haven’t seen the film yet.
Instead of the the triumphant (and hilarious) appearance of the main character Chris’ friend Rod, Peele said his original plan, which was conceived during the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement, was for a real police officer to show up instead and arrest Chris for killing his girlfriend and her white family.
The scene could easily have gone either way, but Peele said on the podcast that, “it was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.”
Get Out is still crushing the box office, grossing $75 after a second weekend in theaters.