Johnny Knoxville Signs Exclusive Two-Year First-Look Deal With Paramount

8:37 AM PST 05/19/2014 by Tatiana Siegel
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Derek Freda, who produced "Bad Grandpa," will head up Knoxville's Hello Junior production company.

Johnny Knoxville and his Hello Junior production company have signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

The agreement extends the star's long and fruitful relationship with the studio following their collaborations on the Jackass franchise, which has earned $336 million worldwide. Most recently, Knoxville and Paramount partnered on Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which earned more than $150 million worldwide.

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"Johnny is hilarious," Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said. "I have known him for many years now, and I am constantly impressed and in awe of his unwavering commitment to ensure audiences around the world have a great time at the movies."

As part of the move, Derek Freda, who produced Bad Grandpa alongside Knoxville and who has served as an executive producer on many of the Jackass films, joins Hello Junior with the title of president and H.M.F.I.C.

"Johnny has literally put life and limb on the line to create the kind of groundbreaking comedies that audiences the world over flock to in greater and greater numbers," Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman said. "With Bad Grandpa, we saw his undying commitment to great storytelling go beyond what audiences had seen before, with a more narrative style that also showcased his incredible comedic abilities. As a vital member of the Paramount family for many years now, to see him continue to evolve as a producer and actor is especially exciting, and we are thrilled he will be making his home here for years to come."

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Knoxville hinted at more Jackass movies to come.

"I am over the damn moon about continuing an amazing partnership with Paramount Pictures," he said. "I have many more films to make and bones to break. I am glad I will be doing it for Paramount."

Knoxville will next be heard as the voice of Leonardo in Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, which will be released Aug. 8.

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Knoxville is repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Sloane, Offer.

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