Jordan Peele Lands Five-Year First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures
Jordan Peele has made it clear he’s perfectly at home at Universal Pictures.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker and his Monkeypaw Productions shingle have signed a five-year first-look with Universal Pictures, which partnered with Peele 2017’s Oscar-winning Get Out and on his 2019 followup Us. Under the new contract, Peele already has his next two films lined up, which he will produce, write and direct. He will also produce original films from other filmmakers.
“Jordan has established himself as a premier voice and original storyteller with global appeal. He is leading a new generation of filmmakers that have found a way to tap into the cultural zeitgeist with groundbreaking content that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds,” said Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley. “We also share an important goal with Monkeypaw when it comes to increasing representation onscreen in the characters that are portrayed, the stories that are told and the people who tell them.”
“It would not have been possible to make ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ without the endless trust and support we received from Donna Langley and the team at Universal. Their willingness to take risks and their commitment to original content makes them the perfect collaborative partner for Monkeypaw. I couldn’t be more excited for what lies ahead,” said Peele.
Peele’s star quickly rose after the release of Get Out, which grossed a massive $176 million at the domestic box office on a $5 million budget. He also earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his effort. A Best Picture nomination at the 91st Academy Awards soon followed for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and his 2019 sophomore feature Us went on to gross $255 million at the global box office.
Monkeypaw is currently in production on a remake of horror classic Candyman, written by Peele and Monkeypaw President Win Rosenfeld. The banner, which has a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios, is also responsible for CBS All Access series The Twilight Zone as well as HBO’s upcoming Lovecraft Country.