I’m not really surprised that director Judd Apatow has signed on to an exclusive deal with Universal Pictures. All three of the films he’s helmed have been under the studio’s banner. He’s produced for other companies, but he’s only directed through them. According to Variety, Universal has made it official and Apatow has signed on to a three picture directing deal with the studio.

Apatow’s previous features include 2005′s The 40 Year Old Virgin, 2007′s Knocked Up, and this weekend’s Funny People. The director hasn’t decided on what his next film will be, stating that the writing process will begin after Funny People opens. According to Universal chairman Marc Shmuger, “I feel like we’re growing with him and watching him mature as a filmmaker, and that is a thrilling thing to be part of.” To know he’ll direct his next three pictures here is a vote of confidence to our entire organization. It has become a true collaboration and partnership.”

I’m sure that’s true, along with that fact that his films mostly double, and even triple their budgets when it comes to revenue. I own both The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and I thoroughly enjoy both films. Even though the humor may be a bit crude for some people’s taste, Apatow has made the R-rated comedy bankable again in the new millennium.

What do you think of Apatow’s new directing deal? Are you looking forward to more of his films?