‘American Fiction’ Filmmaker Cord Jefferson’s Teases Next Movie at DGA Awards


“I want to do an erotic thriller and I’m also working on a neo-western that is also is like a noir,” beamed American Fiction filmmaker Cord Jefferson about his potential sophomore directorials.

The director spilled the beans on his next project to Deadline while walking the DGA Awards red carpet.

Jefferson is up tonight for first-time feature filmmaker. Following the world premiere of his Amazon MGM satirical African American comedy at TIFF, Jefferson was further launched out of a canon after the movie grabbed the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Great White North film fest; an Oscar bellwether.

Jefferson is twice nominated at this year’s Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Further teasing his next genre directorials, Jefferson said, “Both of them have similar themes to what’s in American Fiction through a much, much different lens.”

In regards to who he’d like to cast, Jefferson muses, “I know he’s retired right now, but I love Gene Hackman, and I really love Corey Hawkins, Bryan Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo; the list goes on and on. Hopefully, they want to work with me.”

In regards to what his erotic thriller would be in the vein of, Jefferson cites such 20th Century classics as Fatal Attraction and Single White Female.

Boiling down his ideal casting pairing, the filmmaker exclaims, “Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore — you’d never know, I’d watch that.”


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