Key & Peele: What’s Next for the Comedy Stars?
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are keeping busy after ending their five-season run on Comedy Central. The duo has a number of high-profile projects currently in the works, including a network comedy, an animated flick, and a sketch-inspired feature film.
Key and Peele ended their successful half-hour sketch show in September in order to focus on other projects, and it seems they’re keeping true to their word. In October, it was announced that the two are teaming with Vine superstar Andrew “KingBach” Bachelor to develop a new cop comedy for Fox. According to Deadline, the show will star Bachelor as an undercover cop who grew up on the streets and goes back to his old neighborhood to take down the bad guys who bullied him when they were kids. Key and Peele will serve as executive producers alongside former Key & Peele writer-producer Alex Ruben.
The two are also keeping plenty busy on the feature film side of things. This past summer, the duo completed filming on the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy, Keanu. No specific details are known about the movie, which was co-written by Peele, but THR reports that it will star the comedic pair as two buddies who “act like gangster drug dealers in order to retrieve a stolen kitten.” That comedy is set to hit theaters in April 2016.
In March, it was also revealed that Paramount Pictures is developing a feature film treatment of “Substitute Teacher,” the wildly popular skit from Key & Peele. Written by Rubens and Key & Peele producer Rich Talarico, the movie will feature Key reprising his role as the over-the-top substitute Mr. Garvey, while Peele will reportedly portray a rival teacher determined to be the students’ favorite. The two will also serve as producers for the film. No projected start date for production has been revealed yet.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep anyone’s plates full, the duo are also planning to take on the world of animation, as announced most recently. Per Variety, the duo is teaming with The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick to develop a new stop-motion animated feature, entitled Wendell and Wild. The comedy will reportedly follow two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul. Though the creative details are still being ironed out, Peele and Selick are reportedly set to co-write the film, which is still looking to get set up with a buyer.
In addition to all of their collaborative work, the two have a number of individual projects lined up. Peele is set to lend his voice to a character in the upcoming Captain Underpants movie, set for release in 2017. He also wrote and will direct the horror thriller Get Out, which recently cast Alison Williams as a lead.
As for Key, he is doing some voice work for next year’s animated Angry Birds flick. The actor is also currently busy filming Don’t Think Twice, the upcoming comedy written and directed by Mike Birbiglia.
While there’s no doubt that Comedy Central’s Key & Peele will be missed, it’s pretty clear that the show was only the beginning for these two. With so many roles on both the big and small screen coming up, fans can expect to see plenty more great comedy from the duo in the near future.