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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Set First-Look Deal With Universal

The duo recently signed a nine-figure, five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures TV.
Chris Miller (left) and Phil Lord   |   Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
The duo recently signed a nine-figure, five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller — the Oscar-winning filmmakers behind 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse — have signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

The pact marks the first overall feature film agreement for the duo under their Lord Miller banner, which recently signed a nine-figure, five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Lord Miller also recently named Aditya Sood as president of film — he will lead the company's motion picture group that includes longtime film executives Will Allegra and Rebecca Karch, who serve as senior vp and vp, respectively.

With the Universal pact, Lord Miller will develop features in both comedy and drama based on original content, as well as existing IP.

“In this competitive landscape, our ongoing ambition is to partner with visionary filmmakers who have true authorship and a voice that is unmistakable,” said film group chairman Donna Langley, who made Friday's announcement. “Phil and Chris speak to the culture and have brought their singular, original perspective to every project they’ve touched. We are thrilled to collaborate with them and welcome them to the Universal family.”

“Universal has a history of breaking new ground and championing unexpected voices, so for us it’s a very welcoming environment to make bold, original films that push the medium forward,” said Lord and Miller. “We also feel a deep obligation to leave something behind for future generations of studio executives to reboot.”

On the features front, Lord and Miller have several projects at various stages of development, including an adaptation of the Andy Weir novel Artemis at Fox and the live-action tentpole The Last Human for Sony, both of which the pair will direct.

Lord Miller's deal was brokered by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.

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