Universal Pictures has agreed to a five-year deal with writer-director Jordan Peele, according to THR. The agreement comes after the huge success that Peele has had at the box office with his first two films, Get Out and Us.
Under the new deal, Universal will be developing the next two films that Peele will direct, produce, and write. Universal will also be teaming up with Peele’s production company, Monkey Paw Productions. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley revealed why they wanted to continue working with the talented director:
“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.”
Peele revealed his excitement about continuing to work with Universal in future projects:
“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.”
Peele’s directorial debut film, Get Out, made $176 million at the North American box office back in 2017. The film had a five million dollar budget. It won best original screenplay at the Academy Awards. He earned a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars as a producer for 2018’s BlacKkKlansman. This year, Peele’s second film, Us, collected $255 million worldwide at the box office.
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