Issa Rae & Jordan Peele Are Teaming Up For Sinkhole

Coming off her historic Emmy nominations for Insecure, Issa Rae already has another project in the works.

Issa Rae and Jordan Peele are teaming up for Sinkhole, which Universal won the bid for the film in a seven-figure deal. The Studio beat out 10 other bidders and packages for the screen rights to Leyna Krow’s short story.

The film is a thought-provoking genre piece that engages with questions of female perfection and identity. The story takes place in Spokane, Washington, on the street the writer lives on. It centers on a young family who moves into their dream home. The only problem is it has a gaping sinkhole in the backyard. The mysterious sinkhole manages to fix broken and destroyed things. However, the story asks, what if that thing is a person?

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She was initially inspired to write the piece when a group of local writers were asked to write short fairytales on the theme ‘I Married A Monster’. She wanted to explore the notion of female perfection and was particularly interested in the ways society and cultures can promote the concept of women as imperfect or broken. Her story has the trappings of a grounded, psychological sci-fi/horror, but the sub-plot is a commentary on the human condition through the lens of female identity.

Krow is executive-producing alongside Alex Davis-Lawrence from literary journal Moss, in which the story was originally published.

Issa Rae and Jordan Peele are producing through their companies. Rae, Montrel McKay and Sara Rastogi for Issa Rae Productions and Peele through Monkeypaw.

However, Rae may also star in the adaptation as well.

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Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and the project will fall under Monkeypaw’s five-year deal with the major.

The project is currently in development with no shoot date announced yet.

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