In 2018, Comedy Central released a short on their YouTube page, called The Blackening. The short came from the Chicago comedy troupe 3-Peat. It followed a group of friends being chased down by a killer and raised the question “The Black cast member is always the first to die in a horror movie, but what happens when everyone is Black?”.
And now, the short’s writer, Dewayne Perkins has adapted the story – along with co-writer Tracy Oliver – into a feature film. The film “centers on seven Black friends who go away for the weekend, only to find themselves trapped in a cabin with a killer.” Tim Story is directing the film.
The film will star Perkins, Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, Jay Pharoah, Yvonne Orji, Antoinette Robertson, X Mayo, and Sinqua Walls. Perkins is the only member of the original cast to return for the feature film adaptation, which currently has no release date set.