Magazine article Screen International

'Us' Director Jordan Peele Commits to Universal in Five-Year Deal

Magazine article Screen International

'Us' Director Jordan Peele Commits to Universal in Five-Year Deal

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Studio currently developing filmmaker’s next two projects.

Following collaborations on global horror hits Us and Get Out, Universal Pictures and filmmaker Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions have signed an exclusive five-year production partnership.

The studio is developing Peele’s next two films which he will direct, write, and produce. Peele and Monkeypaw, headed by president Win Rosenfeld, also champion and produce original films from other filmmakers.

The company produced Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, andis in production on Candyman, which Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. Universal will distribute Candyman globally and has set a June 12, 2020 North American release date.

Get Out starring Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener and Alison Williams opened in 2017 and earned $255.4m worldwide, grossing $79.4m internationally including $15.6m in South Korea, $12.7m in the UK and $9.1m in France.

Peele won the best original screenplay Oscar and the film garnered nominations for picture, director, and actor for Kaluuya. It remains the highest-grossing film by a feature debut director based on an original screenplay unadjusted for inflation. …

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