There’s so much more to come

Universal Pictures has finalised a five-year exclusive deal with Oscar-winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, behind the films Get Out and Us, which have a combined gross of half a billion dollars.

This commitment speaks to the studio’s emphasis on producing a more diverse film slate, beyond their franchise action hits like Fast & Furious and Jurassic World, to include more original genre films like those Peele has had enormous success with so far.

Under this deal, Universal will help to develop Peele’s next two films, which he will direct, write and produce. Peele and Monkeypaw, headed by Win Rosenfeld, will also be producing original films under their banner, focusing on content that transcends genre, offering audiences a more unique experience.

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley said of the deal, “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 ground-breaking content that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. We also share an important goal with Monkeypaw when it comes to increasing representation on-screen in the characters that are portrayed, the stories that are told, and the people who tell them.”

Peele himself also seems thrilled by the partnership, saying “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.”

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