Cretton, who is also working on a Disney+ show, has penned a multi-year contract with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective.
Marvel is keeping hold of Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with the filmmaker signing a collective deal with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective. He will produce TV projects for both through this deal.
Cretton is also working on a sequel of Shang-Chi, the admired superhero film that premiered in September, starring Simu Liu. The filmmaker is returning to write and direct the sequel along with another Marvel Cinematic Universe project for Disney Plus as part of his overall deal. Click here to learn how to watch Marvel movies in order.
Shang-Chi is positioned as the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2021, with $224.5 million as part of a $431.9 million global revenue.
Tara Duncan, president, Freeform & Hulu’s Onyx Collective, praised the producer stating, “Destin is a powerhouse storyteller with impeccable taste in material. As we continue to expand our roster, Destin’s unique voice will help usher in an exciting slate of content for our global audience.”
Cretton is producing his projects through his new shingle, Family Owned, which he launched in collaboration with Asher Goldstein to build a portfolio of projects in TV and Film to give more exposure and allow the involvement of communities that have customarily been ignored by pop culture.
“Destin is an amazing collaborator who brought a unique perspective and skill to Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. We had a fantastic time working together on the film and he has so many intriguing ideas for stories to bring to life on Disney+, so we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with him and can’t wait to get started,” stated Kevin Feige, the President and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Studios.
“Working on Shang-Chi with Kevin and the Marvel Studios team was one of the highlights of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited about Tara’s vision for Onyx Collective. I can’t wait to explore new stories & build new worlds with this community,” expressed Cretton.
Cretton debuted at the Sundance Film Festival with his first project; I Am Not a Hipster in 2013. He then rose to prominence with the foster care drama Short Term 12 at SXSW in 2013, which aided Brie Larson to kick-start his career as a film star.
Later, he went on to direct The Glass Castle and Just Mercy before leaping on the big-budget filmmaking with the direction of Shang-Chi, which broke ground as Marvel’s first project to include an Asian lead. It also largely featured an Asian cast including Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Leung among others, starring beside Liu.
Furthermore, in addition to his new projects with Marvel as per the new deal, Cretton will also work on projects for Hulu’s Onyx Collective, which emphases highlighting stories from artists of color and underrepresented voices. Other notable talents on the list include Prentice Penny (Insecure), Natasha Rothwell (Insecure, SNL), and non-Marvel projects produced by Ryan Coogler, the filmmaker of Black Panther.