If you enjoyed Jordan Peele’s hit debut “Get Out,” then the following news should excite you: Universal Pictures, in conjunction with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, just signed a “first-look” deal with Peele. According to a report at Variety, the deal includes a commitment to develop Peele’s next film “an untitled social thriller, which he will write, direct, and produce based on his original idea.” The deal will also see Peele produce a number of micro-budget films through his own Monkeypaw Productions in conjunction with Jason Blum.
The deal comes on the heels of an almost $200 million run by Peele’s “Get Out”. As Jordan Crucchiola at Vulture points out, while “Get Out” was widely lauded for its originality and willingness to consider race issues from a unique angle, studios don’t sign expensive commitments for altruistic or political purposes – “the dollar is king in Hollywood.” The deal, Crucchiola writes, “shows [that the studios] understand how much money stands to be made from funding smart black creators who are willing to threaten genre conventions and deliver biting social commentary.”
Jordan Peele Signs With Universal And Blumhouse