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Get Out director Jordan Peele signs new first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios

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Jun 5, 2018

Jordan Peele, the writer and director who transitioned from acclaimed comedy to acclaimed horror with the Oscar-winning film Get Out, is expanding his creative endeavors yet again.

Peele's Monkeypaw Productions company, which he founded in 2012, has just entered a new first-look deal with Amazon Studios to produce new television projects. The two companies were already working together after Amazon picked up The Hunt, a new drama about hunting Nazis, from Monkeypaw. That series, along with a new documentary film about the Lorena Bobbitt case, are the only two projects announced as Monkeypaw/Amazon collaborations right now, but Peele's future TV projects will apparently have a home there.

"I couldn’t be more excited about this new relationship with Amazon. They’ve been a fantastic partner to Monkeypaw over the last year because they’re committed to the same kind of fun and culturally relevant television we are," Peele said in a statement.  

Peele previously had a first-look TV deal with Sonar Entertainment, where The Hunt was developed before it landed an order from Amazon. The deal is the latest in a string of major victories for Amazon, including a first-look deal with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, as it works to align itself with top TV talent to compete with other streaming giants. On the film side of things, Peele remains in a first-look agreement with Universal Pictures, where his next project will be the recently revealed genre drama Us.

As for Peele's next TV projects beyond The Hunt, Monkeypaw is also developing the genre series Lovecraft Country over at HBO. It's not clear right now how soon we'll hear about more genre projects from Peele, or just more projects at Amazon in general, but there are almost certainly some buggling bubbling under the surface of this news.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)