Jordan Peele may just be the most versatile man in all of Hollywood. The comedian, producer, and actor has already won an Oscar for writing and directing the horror movie Get Out, is working on a documentary about Lorena Bobbitt, and overseeing a reboot of The Twilight Zone. Now, as if Peele needed more proof that he can do anything, the 39-year-old has recently pitched Disney a movie adaption of their cult 1990s animated series Gargoyles.
While Gargoyles was never the most popular animated Disney show, it did have a devoted following that allowed it to run for three whole seasons between 1994 and 1997. Though Peele expressed a great deal of enthusiasm about the project, according to Richard Rushfield, a writer for the movie-industry newsletter The Ankler, Disney has been dragging their feet on a yes or no. While a Jordan Peele project is guaranteed to stir up some interest, the report suggests that his vision for the movie may not be in keeping with the Disney brand.
“How do you turn down Jordan Peele?” Rushfield wrote. “Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow-walking the decision.”
It’s not totally unfathomable that Disney would have some apprehension about doing something as tonally dark as the prospect of a Jordan Peele version of Gargoyles. While Dinsey does have some extremely successful properties that can be on the darker side of things (think all those heroes crumbling into dust at the end of Infinity War or the less than lighthearted narrative that was The Last Jedi), they’ve built up and maintained their status as an entertainment juggernaut by meticulously managing their brand. Even when it gets dark, it’s still pretty family friendly. And Peele isn’t known for keeping it PG or even PG-13.
If Peele did take on the Gargoyles project for Disney, the result is hard to predict. Because nostalgic cartoon reboots is a trend is showing no signs of slowing down, Disney may see an opportunity here. And If there’s one language Disney speaks, it’s money, which may be enough of an incentive to take a risk on letting Jordan Peele unleash winged stone demons upon the world again.