Janelle Monáe’s work with Universal Pictures is blossoming into a more fruitful relationship. Wondaland Pictures, the film division of her Wondaland multimedia company, has inked a first-look production deal with Universal.
Deadline reports Wondaland and Universal will partner to create a variety of new content that will cross many different genres. The collaboration aims to uplift the often-underserved voices of color and feature “groundbreaking” perspectives.
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Thank you for your belief in @wondaland Donna Langley & Universal . We look forward to going on this journey ! To our peers & fellow creatives we can’t wait to collaborate with you . Family, friends, & day one supporters we hope to make you proud . We are humbled by the opportunity. ?? #WondalandPictures ????????? “Universal Pictures announced that the studio has entered into a first-look production agreement with Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures, the film division of her multimedia company Wondaland. ? Alongside its creative in-house team of executives including CEO Monáe, Managing Partner Mikael Moore, Creative Director Chuck Lightning and Executive Producer Nate Wonder, Wondaland and Universal Pictures will develop multi-genre content with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives. ? “There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio.” ? The deal further strengthens the collaborative relationship between Monáe and Universal: She stars in Universal’s upcoming Robert Zemeckis-directed movie Welcome to Marwen, opening Dec. 21, and Focus Features’ Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet due out next year.”
“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront,” Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley said in a statement. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio.”
Monáe, who released her critically acclaimed album Dirty Computer in April, is already making her mark in Hollywood thanks to roles in films such as Hidden Figures. She will be starring in the Robert Zemeckis-directed flick Welcome to Marwen, which hits theaters on December 21, and Focus Features’ Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, which is due out in 2019.