Actor, comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele, who won an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out,” just signed a production deal with Universal Pictures.
Deadline reports that Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, who were behind the studio’s combined half-billion-grossing successes “Get Out” and “Us,” entered into a five-year exclusive production partnership with the studio.
“The commitment continues to speak to the studio’s emphasis on a diverse film slate, not just branded IP like the ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Jurassic World’ franchises but also original, auteur-driven genre movies such as the titles for [which] Peele has quickly established a track record,” Deadline reports. “Under the new exclusive deal, Universal is developing Peele’s next two films, which he will direct, write and produce.”
Deadline adds: “Peele and Monkeypaw, headed by president Win Rosenfeld, will also produce original films under their banner, championing filmmakers with a focus on high-level content that transcends genre.”
The report notes that Monkeypaw produced Spike Lee’s 2018 feature “BlacKkKlansman,” which received six Oscar nominations and won Lee his first-ever Oscar (for Adapted Screenplay). Peele received his fourth Oscar nomination for the film, as a producer on the Best Picture nominee.