Monkeypaw Productions

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Monkeypaw Productions
IndustryProduction company
Founded2012; 11 years ago (2012)
FounderJordan Peele
Los Angeles, United States
Key people

Monkeypaw Productions is an American production company founded by Jordan Peele in 2012.[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]


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

In November 2015, it was reported that Henry Selick was developing Wendell & Wild, a stop-motion adult animated feature based on an unpublished book by Selick and Clay McLeod Chapman.[7][8] The film was set to star Key and Peele, the latter also being a writer and producer on the film.[7] In March 2018, the film was picked up by Netflix.[9] The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2022 and was later released in theaters on October 21.[8]

Jordan Peele's directorial debut horror film Get Out was released on February 24, 2017, produced by Monkeypaw and distributed by Universal Pictures.[10] 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.[11]

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]

On May 8, 2018, it was announced that Peele would write and direct Us, a social horror film starring Lupita Nyong'o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke. 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 with Nope.

In September 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.[14]

In 2022, the original set of Jupiter's Claim, the fictional theme park featured in Peele's third directorial film Nope, was added permanently as a part of Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour on July 22. The set became the first Studio Tour attraction to open the same day as a film's release.[15]

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Directed by Budget Gross Distributor
2016 Keanu Peter Atencio $15 million $20.7 million Warner Bros. Pictures
2017 Get Out Jordan Peele $4.5 million $255.7 million Universal Pictures
2018 BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee $15 million $93.4 million Focus Features
2019 Us Jordan Peele $20 million $256.1 million Universal Pictures
2021 Candyman Nia DaCosta $25 million $77.4 million
2022 Nope Jordan Peele $68 million $171.2 million
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. Adamma Ebo $2.6 million Focus Features
Wendell & Wild Henry Selick Netflix

In development[edit]

Year Film Directed by Distributor
TBA Goat[16] Universal Pictures
The People Under the Stairs[17]
Suicide by Sunlight[19] Nikyatu Jusu

Short films[edit]

Year Film Directed by Distributor
2022 Moshari[20] Nuhash Humayun

Television series[edit]

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
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


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


Year Book Author Publication date
2019 Get Out: The Complete Annotated Screenplay Jordan Peele November 26, 2019


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 12, 2017). "Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Sets Win Rosenfeld As President". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Monkeypaw Productions". Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "Jordan Peele". Variety. February 23, 2017.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 1, 2019). "Jordan Peele & His Monkeypaw Productions Ink Exclusive 5-Year Deal With Universal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Kaitlin Reilly (March 15, 2018). "Key & Peele Are Getting The Band Back Together… In Hell". Refinery29. Vice Media Group.
  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 12, 2016). "Warner Bros Moves Key & Peele Starrer 'Keanu' Back One Week - Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Flores, Terry (November 3, 2015). "Henry Selick, Key & Peele Developing Animated Feature 'Wendell and Wild' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Hodges, Jake (September 4, 2022). "'Wendell and Wild': Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far". Collider. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Pederson, Erik (October 4, 2016). "'Get Out': Universal Dates Jordan Peele's Blumhouse Chiller & Unleashes Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (May 3, 2017). "'Get Out' Filmmaker Jordan Peele Signs First-Look Deal With Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 16, 2017). "'Get Out's Jordan Peele Teams With WBTV, HBO & Bad Robot For 'Lovecraft Country' Drama Series; Misha Green Writing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  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. ^ Porter, Rick (September 1, 2021). "Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions Moves Overall TV Deal to Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  15. ^ Jupiter’s Claim from Jordan Peele Movie ‘Nope’ Comes to Universal Hollywood’s Studio Tour
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 9, 2022). "Monkeypaw Lands Psychological Horror Pitch 'Goat'". Deadline. Retrieved September 28, 2022.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Jordan Peele, Issa Rae Team for Sci-Fi Horror Movie 'Sinkhole' at Universal
  19. ^ Nikyatu Jusu Confirms Her Next Horror Film For Monkeypaw & Universal Is "Expansion" Of Black Vampire Short 'Suicide By Sunlight'
  20. ^ Jordan Peele, Riz Ahmed to Executive Produce Nuhash Humayun's Live-Action Short 'Moshari' (EXCLUSIVE)

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