Jordan Peele Officially Inks Deal With Universal Pictures, ‘Get Out’ Follow-Up in the Works

The wins keep rolling in for Jordan Peele who has been on a high since the February release of his directorial debut Get Out. The horror film, which was created with a $5 million budget, saw unprecedented success, grossing $200 million globally and counting. Get Out is the most successful directorial debut ever by a black filmmaker, is the second highest-grossing R-rated horror flick of all time, and is the largest grossing debut from a writer-director (Peele) of an original screenplay. No wonder Universal Pictures has decided to stand up and take notice in Peele.

Peele has recently secured a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “under the two-year pact, the studio stakes a claim to Peele’s next film, an untitled social thriller that he will write, direct and produce.”

Almost every studio has been trying to get at Peele since the massive success of Get Out that has now become a cultural phenomenon that not only told a thrilling horror tale, but also confronted racial issues in America in a gripping and interesting way. Universal released the film, and has been trying to beat out other studios from the very beginning with the effort of bringing Peele onto their team with an exclusive production deal.

In a statement, Universal chairman Donna Langley said, “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. The entire Universal family takes great pride in his incomparable filmmaking debut, and feel fortunate that this studio will be Jordan’s home for many years to come.”

The deal will include a Get Out social thriller follow-up that will have a budget that is five times bigger than the $5 million his debut was created with. The deal will also have Peele producing projects that amplifies the voices and representation of those who are marginalized, creating opportunities for people both in front of the camera and behind the camera. Additionally, similarly to his Comedy Central series Key and Peele as well as Get Out, social issues will continue being a theme with comedic elements and thriller and horror themes interwoven into how his work is presented to moviegoers.

“I am thrilled to continue the work we started together on Get Out — pushing the boundaries of storytelling, not only on the next film but with all of Monkeypaw’s future projects,” Peele said in a statement.

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