Michael De Luca
has officially signed a three-year first-look deal with Universal.
Last week, the news broke that De Luca
would exit his
post as as Sony's
president of production (a job he's
held since December 2013) to move to a producing role at Universal.
, 49, has a longstanding relationship with Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, going back to their days together at New Line Cinema, and he
recently produced the hit Universal release Fifty Shades of Grey.
new role, he
'll continue to produce the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy while working on other projects he will bring to Universal.
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is one of the most talented producers in Hollywood today," said Langley in a statement Friday.
has been an incredible friend and mentor to me for many years, and I'm thrilled to have him on the lot with us."
As president of production for Columbia Pictures, De Luca oversaw films including Pixels and Grimsby, as well as the Ron Howard film Inferno, the studio's remake with MGM of The Magnificent Seven and Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters.
De Luca served as DreamWorks' Head of Production from 2001 to 2004, and earlier in his career, he spent seven years as President and COO of New Line Productions.
"I feel incredibly grateful and honored to be returning to the Universal family and build on the wonderful production experiences I've already enjoyed there," said De Luca
in a statement "Donna Langley is not only completely brilliant and inspired in her job but one of the best human beings I've ever had the privilege of knowing."