With Girls Trip being lauded by critics, here’s another win for director Malcolm D. Lee.

He’s inked a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

“Starting with The Best Man, Malcolm has an incredible track record telling resonant stories that make audiences laugh and cry, which he has done brilliantly once again with Girls Trip. We are thrilled to formalize our long-standing relationship with Malcolm by welcoming his company to the lot, and we are excited about making many more films with him, starting with his next film, Night School,” said Peter Cramer, President of Production, Universal Pictures.

“I am extremely gratified to officially be a part of the Universal family,” said Lee.  “This is a place I’ve always considered my home.  They have respected and been supportive of my vision as a filmmaker, and I hope to continue the great success that I’ve had at Universal as we continue this fruitful partnership.”

Lee has directed five of his nine films pics for Universal.

He is in pre-production to direct his sixth directorial outing with Universal, Night School, starring Kevin Hart, and produced by Hart and Will Packer, as well as the next installment of the Best Man franchise, The Best Man Wedding, which he will write and direct.