Monkeypaw Productions
Company typePrivate
IndustryFilm, Television
Founded2012; 12 years ago (2012)
FounderJordan Peele
Headquarters
Los Angeles, California
,
United States
Key people
Websitemonkeypawproductions.com

Monkeypaw Productions is an American film and television production company founded in 2012 by Jordan Peele.[3] The company is known for producing horror films, such as Get Out, Us, Candyman, Nope and Wendell & Wild. In 2019, the company signed a 5-year exclusivity deal with Universal Pictures.[4]

Overview

In 2012, Jordan Peele launched Monkeypaw Productions and released the comedy series Key & Peele on January 31 on Comedy Central.[5] When the series ended in 2015, Peele and Keegan-Michael Key wrote the script for the action comedy film Keanu which was released on April 29, 2016, by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures.[6]

On September 21, 2015, it was announced that Peele would write and direct his directorial debut feature film Get Out, a social horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams which was released on February 24, 2017, by Universal Pictures.[7] Following the success of the film, Peele signed a two-year, first-look deal with Universal. The deal was made with the intention of highlighting stories and creatives from marginalized communities.[8]

On November 3, 2015, it was reported that Henry Selick was developing Wendell & Wild, a stop-motion adult animated comedy horror film based on an unpublished book by Selick and Clay McLeod Chapman.[9][10] The film was set to star Key and Peele, the latter also being a writer and producer on the film.[9] In March 2018, the film was picked up by Netflix.[11] The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2022, and was later released on October 28, 2022.[10]

On May 16, 2017, it was announced that the company and J. J. Abrams's Bad Robot Productions were producing a horror television series titled Lovecraft Country for HBO and Warner Bros. Television Studios. The series was based on and served as a continuation of the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. The pilot was written by Misha Green, who served as the showrunner for the series. Peele, Abrams and Ben Stephenson served as executive producers.[12] The series premiered on August 16, 2020.

On May 8, 2018, it was announced that Peele would write and direct his second feature film Us, a horror film starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss. The film was released on March 22, 2019, by Universal Pictures.[13] In 2019, Us was featured in a maze for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights and in 2022 as part of the terror tram.

On November 9, 2020, it was announced that Peele would write and direct his third feature film Nope, a science fiction horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun was released on July 22, 2022, by Universal Pictures. The original set of Jupiter's Claim, the fictional theme park featured in the film was added permanently as a part of Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour. The set became the first Studio Tour attraction to open the same day as a film's release.[14] In 2022, Nope was featured at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights as part of the terror tram with Us.

On September 1, 2021, Monkeypaw and Peele signed a multiyear TV deal with Universal Studio Group ending a previous first-look deal with Amazon Studios. The deal brought both film and television output under a partnership with Universal.[15]

On March 20, 2023, it was announced that Peele would write and direct his fourth feature film. It was scheduled to be released on December 25, 2024, by Universal Pictures, before it was removed from Universal's schedule due to the 2023 Hollywood labor disputes.[16][17]

Feature films

Films

Release date Film Director(s) Budget Gross Distributor
April 29, 2016 Keanu Peter Atencio $15 million $20.7 million Warner Bros. Pictures
February 24, 2017 Get Out Jordan Peele $4.5 million $255.7 million Universal Pictures
August 10, 2018 BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee $15 million $93.4 million Focus Features
March 22, 2019 Us Jordan Peele $20 million $256.1 million Universal Pictures
August 27, 2021 Candyman Nia DaCosta $25 million $77.4 million
July 22, 2022 Nope Jordan Peele $68 million $172.3 million
September 2, 2022 Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. Adamma Ebo $2.6 million Focus Features
October 28, 2022 Wendell & Wild Henry Selick Netflix

Upcoming films

Release date Film Director(s) Distributor
TBA[18] Untitled horror film Universal Pictures
TBA[19] Untitled film Jordan Peele[20]

In development

Film Director(s) Distributor
Goat[21] Justin Tipping Universal Pictures
The People Under the Stairs[22]
Sinkhole[23]
Suicide by Sunlight[24] Nikyatu Jusu

Short films

Release date Film Director(s) Distributor
March 13, 2022 Moshari[25] Nuhash Humayun

Television series

TV series

Year Series Creator(s) Network
2012–2015 Key & Peele Keegan-Michael Key
Jordan Peele
Comedy Central
2018–2021 The Last O.G. John Carcieri
Jordan Peele
TBS
2019 Weird City Charlie Sanders
Jordan Peele
YouTube Premium
Lorena Joshua Rofé Amazon Prime Video
2019–2020 The Twilight Zone Simon Kinberg
Jordan Peele
Marco Ramirez
CBS All Access
2020–2023 Hunters David Weil Amazon Prime Video
2020 Lovecraft Country Misha Green HBO

In development

Year Series Creator(s) Network
TBA Coyotes[26] Amazon Prime Video

Podcasts

Year Podcast Creator(s) Network
2022 Quiet Part Loud Jordan Peele
Mimi O'Donnell
Win Rosenfeld
Spotify
Chutzpah: Hunters Presents True Stories of Resistance Jordan Peele
David Weil

Books

Year Book Author Publication date
2019 Get Out: The Complete Annotated Screenplay Jordan Peele November 26, 2019
2023 Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror Various Authors October 3, 2023

References

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  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 12, 2016). "Warner Bros Moves Key & Peele Starrer 'Keanu' Back One Week – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
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  9. ^ a b Flores, Terry (November 3, 2015). "Henry Selick, Key & Peele Developing Animated Feature 'Wendell and Wild' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
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  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 14, 2018). "Netflix Wins Stop-Motion Animated 'Wendell And Wild': Henry Selick, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Aboard". Deadline. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
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  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 8, 2019). "Jordan Peele's 'Us' To Hit Theaters A Week Later After Landing SXSW Opening Night Slot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Jupiter's Claim from Jordan Peele Movie 'Nope' Comes to Universal Hollywood's Studio Tour
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  20. ^ Squires, John (March 20, 2023). "Jordan Peele's Fourth Movie Will Release for Christmas 2024". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 9, 2022). "Monkeypaw Lands Psychological Horror Pitch 'Goat'". Deadline. Retrieved September 28, 2022.
  22. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 30, 2020). "Exclusive: Jordan Peele Mounting 'The People Under the Stairs' Remake at Universal". Collider. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  23. ^ Jordan Peele, Issa Rae Team for Sci-Fi Horror Movie 'Sinkhole' at Universal
  24. ^ Nikyatu Jusu Confirms Her Next Horror Film For Monkeypaw & Universal Is "Expansion" Of Black Vampire Short 'Suicide By Sunlight'
  25. ^ Jordan Peele, Riz Ahmed to Executive Produce Nuhash Humayun's Live-Action Short 'Moshari' (EXCLUSIVE)
  26. ^ Selena Gomez and Jordan Peele Developing Series Adaptation of 'COYOTES' (EXCLUSIVE)