Paramount Players – a sub-division of Paramount Pictures – has inked a first look deal with Daniel the production company of Kaluuya, 59%. The black actor hopes to bridge the gap between the next wave of studios and storytellers with the new deal.
Daniel gained recognition while playing the lead strong characters in films that focus on the struggles of black people. Like ‘Get Out’, and ‘Black Panther‘.
Speaking on the significance of the deal, Daniel said, “Over the years, I have been blessed to work things out that speaks to the audience. I identify with reality whilst pushing the envelope on what’s possible”.
“59% will be the home to continue that in the capacity of a producer, with the hope of bridging the gap between the next wave of studios and storytellers”.
“I am excited that in Paramount Players, I have found a partner that shares the same motive and drive to make cinema that is reflective, honest, inclusive and authored”, he added.
Paramount Players Executive VPs for Development, Matt Dines and Ali Bell, also released a statement to confirm the deal. “Daniel has always made bold and fearless choices as an actor, pushing the dialogue and redefining contemporary culture”.
“When he discovered he has the same passion and integrity as a producer, this made him a perfect fit to partner with Paramount Players”.
“We are delighted to partner with Daniel on the launch of his company. it is also a platform created for a new generation of filmmakers”.
Daniel Kaluuya has been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award, Academy Award, and SAG Award. He won the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2018.
He is set to feature in ‘Queen & Slim’, alongside Jodi Turner-Smith. He will also feature as Fred Hampton in the upcoming Ryan Coogler-produced ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’.