Barry Jenkins’ production company, Pastel, has inked a two-year production pact with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna.
Pastel is headed by Jenkins and his Moonlight producer Adele Romanski, as well as Sara Murphy and Mark Ceryak. The Annapurna pact is the first deal for the fledgling production company, whose first feature was this year’s Oscar best picture winner.
The deal includes future films from Pastel partners, and will begin with a feature project to be directed by Jenkins that is currently in development. Plot details are being kept under wraps but Jenkins, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, is penning the script now.
Jenkins’s first post-Oscars project is an adaption of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, which is set up as a limited series at Amazon.
Earlier this month, Annapurna announced a three-year production deal with Brad Pitt’s Plan B, which produced Moonlight. That deal included the rights to Adam McKay’s upcoming film about Dick Cheney that has Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams in talks to star.
“When looking for a place to further the mandate we established with Moonlight, Annapurna felt like the perfect home for Pastel,” said the Pastel partners in a joint statement. “As film fans, when we see the Annapurna logo on a film we know we’re in good hands. It’s exciting to know that the work of the filmmakers we support through Pastel will have a home in those same good hands.”