You guys spent a few years developing and writing the movie. Do you prefer honing comedy over a longer time, or can the funny go stale on the Hollywood timeline?
I think the two-to-three-year process of coming up with an idea is probably pretty standard for a movie, actually. This was something where Alex Rubin, the co-writer, another Key & Peele writer, and a guy I've collaborated with on a couple of screenplays, we wanted to make our dream comedy, and we wanted to make a movie that could be a Key & Peele vehicle as well.
We were fortunate enough to sit on this for a couple of years, continue to develop it as Key & Peele was growing in popularity. Whereas often in the industry, you'll pitch a movie and maybe it'll get bought off the pitch, and then you'll write the script, and you'll get notes, and you'll kind of figure it out with a production company or studio's involvement. This one, we were fortunate enough to already have the screenplay done, and [the studio] fell in love with the script and was very insistent that we make the movie we wanted to make, which is not your average studio comedy. It really is something that makes us laugh first, and hopefully everyone else.