Jordan Peele, known from Key and Peele and more recently giving us his screenwriting and directing debut of Get Out followed by Us is about to provide us with even more content for years to come. The filmmaker just inked a deal with Universal Pictures for 5 years.
Universal announced the deal yesterday for them to be the exclusive producer of Peele's films. Not only will Universal produce his next two films, but he will also have the opportunity to assist other screenwriters with their scripts through Monkeypaw Productions, Peele's company.
In a statement, Peele said, “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.”
Donna Langley, the chairwoman at Universal said in a statement,“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 will seek to add to his recent successes while with Universal. Get Out helped Peele earn an Oscar for best original screenplay. Get Out also is the highest-grossing movie ever for it to be a writer's/director's first film AND being an original screenplay. In addition, Us was the highest-grossing opening for an original horror movie ever, highest-grossing opening ever for a film rated R, and the film was the highest-grossing live-action original film since Avatar in 2009. Peele is looking to continue his success with Universal and keep the hits and the dollars coming.
The amazing filmmaker is also a great producer. Monkeypaw produced the Oscar-winning film, BlacKkKlansman written by the famed Spike Lee in 2018. The movie finally got Spike his first Oscar and gave Peele his fourth Oscar.
Currently, Peele and Monkeypaw are producing Candyman, a scary movie which is slated to be released in June 2020.