Following the success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele is expanding his ties to Universal Pictures. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker and his Monkeypaw Productions imprint have secured a five-picture first-look production deal with the studio.
The deal, announced Tuesday (Oct. 1) by Universal Film Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley, includes two new films which Peele will write, direct and produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Peele’s last two films, Us and Get Out, were released under Universal and have grossed over $500 million worldwide. His breakout film, Get Out, banked $176 million at the domestic box office alone, and scored two Oscar nominations. Peele’s followup effort, Us, made an even larger impact opening with a record-breaking $70.3 million, the highest grossing debut for an original horror flick.
“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,” Peele said in a statement. “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.”
Langley regarded Peele as a self-established “premier voice and original filmmaker,” with international 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,” Langley said. “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.”