In less than a week, filmmaker Jordan Peele’s “Us” has already proven a critical and commercial hit, even as arguments rage over the ending and the film’s issues including its mythology and backstory which only answers some of the questions they raise.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o has previously indicated she’s not interested in returning for a follow-up, but Peele himself is keeping the possibility open for another entry in the series. Speaking with Polygon recently, Peele said he made the detailed mythology for this cinematic world because it was a requirement for the story. When asked if he would ever return to the Us-verse he said:
“Sure! It’s a fun one. There’s a lot going on there. The ‘Us-verse’ … I like that. I have the entire mythology of this world because the audience can tell if you don’t. The choice becomes how much of that mythology do you reveal. The line that I’m exploring in this movie is a very difficult line. Some people might want less explanation. Some people might want more explanation. I’m trying to serve whatever your appetite is, but ultimately I’m trying to give enough context to be able to discuss and hypothesize about more. When it’s all wrapped up neatly and perfectly, it alleviates the fear. I don’t want to do it.”
Peele noticeably doesn’t include many answers in the film, urging people to respond on a more visceral level to what’s shown. His next project is the upcoming “The Twilight Zone” reboot for CBS All Access which premieres next month.