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Janelle Monáe signs film production deal with Universal Pictures

By | Published on Wednesday 21 November 2018

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe’s film company Wondaland Pictures has signed a new deal with Universal Pictures, giving the studio first dibs on any movie ideas she and her team come up with.

The Universal film firm is not the same as the Universal music company, even though the latter has also been dabbling in movies of late. Universal Pictures is instead a subsidiary of American media giant NBCUniversal, which in turn is owned by Comcast.

“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront”, says Universal Pictures Chair Donna Langley. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio”.

Monáe has increasingly moved into film over the last few years, taking roles in 2016 movies ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures’. She also currently has two new Universal-released films on the way, ‘Welcome To Marwen’ and Harriet Tubman biopic ‘Harriet’.