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'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele Signs First-Look Deal with Universal

Magazine article Screen International

'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele Signs First-Look Deal with Universal

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Universal Pictures has entered into a first-look production deal with Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions in the wake of the $194m global success of Get Out.

The studio is developing Peele's next film, an untitled social thriller, which he will write, direct and produce based on his original idea.

Peele will also produce a range of films for the studio through Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects on which he will partner with Jason Blum.

Universal, Blum and Peele partnered on Get Out, which became the highest grossing release in North America for a feature debut based on an original screenplay, grossing $172.7m. Thus far it has amassed $21.8m internationally.

"Through extraordinary imagination and fearless humor, Jordan has proven himself to be a game-changer who is driven to tell stories that are as commercially entertaining as they are disruptive and provocative," Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley said. …

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