Get Out and Us director Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions has signed a multiyear TV overall deal with Universal Studio Group. Monkeypaw previously had a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, which it signed back in 2018.
This new deal brings Monkeypaw under the same roof as Peele’s film production partnership with Universal Pictures, which has already proved extremely fruitful: after all, Universal did just release Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, which opened at No.1 at the U.S. box office and became the first movie directed by a Black woman to ever achieve this milestone. Candyman was co-produced by Monkeypaw and MGM.
Universal Studio Group president Pearlena Igbokwe said of the deal: “The term ‘visionary’ is thrown around all too frequently in our business but in the case of Jordan Peele, it could not be more apt. He brings a clarity of purpose as well as cultural specificity to everything he does, and audiences worldwide have responded. I am truly honoured that Jordan and his partner Win Rosenfeld have chosen our studio as their TV home for the foreseeable future.”
Previous TV production by Monkeypaw have included Lovecraft Country, which was nominated for 18 Emmy awards and won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Horror Series, as well as Peele’s the Twilight Zone reboot, and Amazon’s Al Pacino-starring show Hunters, which is currently in production for its second season.