According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ike Barinholtz is set to make his directorial debut with The Oath, a “satirical thriller” that he also wrote and will star in. The movie apparently has a “timely script,” and The Hollywood Reporter says it’s set in a “politically divided America” where all citizens are required to “to take an oath of loyalty”—which definitely sounds familiar. Much like The Purge, though, it’s not actually about this loyalty oath or the larger world in which a thing like that happens, it’s about a man trying to make it through Thanksgiving dinner with his family amidst all of this frightening political tension.
The Oath is being produced by QC Entertainment, which was one of the first production companies to back Jordan Peele’s Get Out. It’s also backing Green River Killer, which will be Michael Sheen’s directorial debut, so the studio is clearly invested in helping some recognizable actors try their hand at making a feature film.