Monkeypaw Productions

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Monkeypaw Productions
IndustryProduction company
Founded2012; 9 years ago (2012)
FounderJordan Peele
Key people

Monkeypaw Productions is an American production company founded by director and producer Jordan Peele in 2012.[2] The company is known for producing the horror films Get Out and Us. The company is named after the 1902 horror short story "The Monkey's Paw".

The logo itself is rendered entirely in stop motion animation and starts with a camera pan through a train car that is full of various artifacts and props. After a close up of the car doors, the camera pans over to show the enigmatic monkey paw stirring a cup of tea with a spoon as the production company's name displays. All of this is set to the ominous sound of the train passing through rainy weather.[3]


In 2012, Monkeypaw Productions released the comedy series Key & Peele on January 31, 2012 on Comedy Central.[4] 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.[5] In 2017, Jordan Peele's directorial debut horror film Get Out was released on February 24, 2017 by Universal Pictures.[6]

On May 3, 2017, Peele signed a two year, first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The deal involves Peele and his Monkeypaw production company to invest, produce and distribute genre films for Universal. The deal also includes Peele producing micro-budget films with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions banner after their collaboration with Get Out.[7]

On May 16, 2017, it was announced that Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and J. J. Abrams's Bad Robot Productions were producing a horror drama anthology series titled Lovecraft Country for HBO and Warner Bros. Television. The television series was an adaptation of the 2016 horror novel 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.[8]

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.[9] Rachel Foullon is the company's Director of Operations.[10]

In September 2021, Monkeypaw and Peele signed a multiyear TV deal with Universal Studio Group ending a previous first-look deal with Amazon. The deal brought both film and television output under a partnership with Universal.[11]

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Directed by Budget Gross Co-producers Distributor
2016 Keanu Peter Atencio $15 million $20.7 million New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Detroit Pictures and Principato-Young Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures
2017 Get Out Jordan Peele $4.5 million $255.6 million Blumhouse Productions and QC Entertainment Universal Pictures
2018 BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee $15 million $93.4 million Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Legendary Entertainment and Perfect World Pictures Focus Features
2019 Us[12] Jordan Peele $20 million[13] $255.2 million Perfect World Pictures Universal Pictures
2021 Candyman[14] Nia DaCosta $25 million $68.9 million Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance Universal Pictures
2022 Wendell and Wild[15] Henry Selick N/A N/A Gotham Group, Netflix Animation and Principato-Young Entertainment Netflix
Nope Jordan Peele N/A N/A N/A Universal Pictures
TBA The People Under the Stairs[16] N/A N/A N/A N/A Universal Pictures

Television series[edit]

Year Series Creator(s) Co-productions Network
2012–2015 Key & Peele Keegan-Michael Key
Jordan Peele
Cindylou, Martel & Roberts Productions, and Principato-Young Entertainment Comedy Central
2018–present The Last O.G. John Carcieri
Jordan Peele
Streetlife Productions Inc., Full Flavor, The Tannenbaum Company,
Principato-Young Entertainment, Matthew 633, Artists First, and Studio T
2019 Weird City Charlie Sanders
Jordan Peele
Sonar Entertainment, Chuckystuff Pictures, Mosaic, and Raskal Productions YouTube Premium
Lorena Joshua Rofé Sonar Entertainment and Number 19 Amazon Video
2019–2020 The Twilight Zone Simon Kinberg
Jordan Peele
Marco Ramirez
CBS Television Studios and Genre Films CBS All Access
2020–present Hunters David Weil Sonar Entertainment, Big Indie, Black Mass Productions, Governor's Court, and Amazon Studios Amazon Video
2020 Lovecraft Country Misha Green Bad Robot Productions, Afemme, and Warner Bros. Television HBO


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  2. ^ "Jordan Peele". Variety.
  3. ^ Monkeypaw Productions. ifrequire. May 24, 2019 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Kaitlin Reilly (March 15, 2018). "Key & Peele Are Getting The Band Back Together… In Hell". Refinery29. Vice Media Group.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 12, 2016). "Warner Bros Moves Key & Peele Starrer 'Keanu' Back One Week - Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Pederson, Erik (October 4, 2016). "'Get Out': Universal Dates Jordan Peele's Blumhouse Chiller & Unleashes Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (May 3, 2017). "'Get Out' Filmmaker Jordan Peele Signs First-Look Deal With Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Rachel Foullon". July 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (September 1, 2021). "Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions Moves Overall TV Deal to Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 22, 2017). "Universal Sets 2019 Release Date For Jordan Peele's Untitled Social Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Us (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 27, 2018). "Jordan Peele-Produced 'Candyman' Reboot Taps Director Nia DaCosta". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 14, 2018). "Netflix Wins Stop-Motion Animated 'Wendell And Wild': Henry Selick, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Aboard". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  16. ^ 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.

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