*Sony’s Screen Gems is now in the Morris Chestnut business.
The actor has signed a three-picture deal with the studio as both an actor and producer, according to Deadline.com. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller “The Perfect Guy,” which co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy.
The next film to follow will be “When The Bough Breaks,” a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall. Directed by Jon Cassar, the film follows a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. Chestnut will also executive produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be “The Syndicate,” from writer Cliff Dorfman (“Entourage,” “Warrior”). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell.
The deal seals a long history between Chestnut and Screen Gems, headed by Clint Culpepper. He’s already starred in nine films for the studio, including its 2012 hit “Think Like A Man.”
Chestnut’s two-decade acting career has included “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “G.I. Jane,” “The Brothers,” “Identity Thief,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Think Like A Man,” “Two Can Play That Game” and its sequel, “The Call,” “V,” and “American Horror Story: Murder House.”
Earlier this year, Chestnut nabbed an NAACP Image Award for his work on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” and scored a major box office hit in Universal’s 2013 sequel “The Best Man Holiday.” He currently stars opposite Sean Bean on TNT’s “Legends,” and this fall filmed “Bus 657” opposite Robert De Niro and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.