EXCLUSIVE: Following her Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Universal and Monkeypaw have won the rights to Nikyatu Jusu’s next project which she will co-write with Fredrica Bailey. The untitled horror movie is being set as part of Monkeypaw’s overall deal at Universal and the connecting line, based on an original idea by Jusu, is being kept under wraps.
“Monkeypaw is thrilled to team up with Nikyatu on her next project and thinks she is a singular talent with some brilliant stories to tell. follow,” said Monkeypaw President Win Rosenfeld.
Jusu has just won the Grand Jury Prize in the American drama competition for his first feature film Nanny, which premiered to rave reviews. The film stars Anna Diop and Michelle Monaghan and is produced by Nikkia Moulterie and Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold with support from Topic Studios and LinLay. The picture was shortlisted for the 2019 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab, the 2019 IFP Project Forum, and the 2020 Sundance Screenwriter’s and Director’s Labs. Additionally, the film was one of 35 projects shortlisted for the 2020 Creative Capital Awards and was shortlisted for The Black List 2020, ranking the hottest screenplays of the year.
Bailey is best known for co-writing See you yesterday with Stefon Bristol, who also directed the feature for Netflix and Spike Lee. This film debuted at the 2019 TriBeCa Film Festival and won Fredrica the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature with her writing partner, Stefon. Since then, Fredrica is currently writing From Zoe Washington’s office for Disney and Kerry Washington.
Monkeypaw, which has an exclusive five-year production partnership with Universal Pictures and with Universal Studio Group, recently released candy man. Next up for Monkeypaw on the feature side is Peele’s next directorial project, no for Universal in July 2022, and Wendell and savage by director Henry Selick.
Jusu is represented my M88, CAA, and Granderson Des Rochers. Fredrica Bailey is represented by UTA and Lighthouse and media management. Monkeypaw is replaced by CAA and Jared Levine.