You don’t have to be a grown woman to be a boss. Marsai Martin is proving this every day. In addition to becoming the youngest person to ever executive produce a movie, with the upcoming film Little, Martin is doing bigger and better things.
According to Shadow and Act, Martin has signed a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures under her production company Genius Productions.
Peter Cramer, president of Universal Pictures, said, “Working with emerging talent is a cornerstone of Universal’s overall slate strategy and Marsai is a star on the rise. She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera, but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences. We look forward to moviegoers getting to see how brilliant she is in Little and watching her evolve as a filmmaker here at Universal.”
Martin spoke about the new deal, saying, “I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal. Mr. Cramer and Ms. Langley’s commitment to investing in and uplifting diverse and young voices is both refreshing and important, and I’m happy to be a part of that legacy. My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”
The first film Martin will produce and is developing is called StepMonster. It’s a comedy about a teenage girl (Matin) who is adjusting to life with a new stepmother and has to learn that sometimes the only way to tame a monster is to make peace with it…especially if the monster is you.”
Martin’s first film, Little, starring Regina King and Issa Rae, which will also be distributed by Universal, will be in theaters on April 12.