Jordan Peele debuted his new horror film, Us, at the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas last week (March 8) to a rapturous reaction in the theater, and later on social media.
“It’s official: Jordan Peele is the new Spielberg,” one viral tweet read.
But the question is not whether Peele is “the next” Steven Spielberg or Alfred Hitchcock—or any other famous director, for that matter.
Well-meaning and reverential as these comparisons are, they belie a far more significant takeaway from the successful premiere of Peele’s second film as a director: There has never been anyone like this in Hollywood before.
A versatile provocateur whose two films are both still relentlessly entertaining, Peele isn’t quite like any director to ever work in Hollywood.