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Issa Rae, Jordan Peele sign on to film adaption of local author Leyna Krow’s short story

UPDATED: Thu., July 30, 2020

Leyna Krow’s short story “Sinkhole” originally appeared in the 2016 edition of LIlac City Fairy Tales and later the literary magazine Moss.
Leyna Krow’s short story “Sinkhole” originally appeared in the 2016 edition of LIlac City Fairy Tales and later the literary magazine Moss.

Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) have signed on to Universal Pictures’ “Sinkhole,” a family drama based on local author Leyna Krow’s short story of the same name. Rae will potentially star in the film while producing alongside Peele and several others.

The announcement came Tuesday after Rae received Emmy nominations for comedy series and best actress in a comedy series for her producing and starring role in the fourth season of HBO’s “Insecure.”

The story behind “Sinkhole” begins innocently enough. A young couple looking to settle their family find a house, perfect in every way, save the large sinkhole in the backyard. They buy the house, build a fence around the sinkhole and leave it largely ignored until one day a broken flashlight falls in – only to reappear good-as-new on their coffee table.

Peele will produce alongside Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw Productions, while Rae Montrel McKay and Sara Rastogi will produce for Issa Rae Productions.

Krow will executive produce with Alex Davis-Lawrence, an editor of the Pacific Northwest literary journal Moss, in which the short story was originally published.

Krow’s collection of short stories, “I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking,” is available at Auntie’s Bookstore.

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