Oscar-winner Jordan Peele and his production company Monkeypaw Productions have signed a five-year exclusive production partnership with Universal Pictures.
The studio has partnered with Peele on both of his films, 2017’s Get Out and 2019’s Us. The partnership is a first-look deal with the studio and entails that Universal develops Peele’s next two films, which he will direct, write and produce. Peele’s feature directorial debut Get Out was a huge box office hit, earning close to $176 million at the box office. His second feature film, Us, made $255 million at the global box office.
“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.”
Peele and Monkeypaw are currently in production on a remake of the 1992 horror film Candyman, which Peele will be writing. Peele and his studio are also behind the recent revival of The Twilight Zone for CBS’s streaming service, CBS All Access, and the upcoming HBO series, Lovecraft Country.