John Malkovich's Mr. Mudd shingle has signed a two-year, first-look deal with production and financing outfit Mandate Pictures with plans to produce at least one film a year together, according to Variety.

The two companies, which teamed up on Juno, will next collaborate on the noir drama Broken City, marking their first project under the new deal.

Written by playwright Brian Tucker, Broken City centers on a cop-turned-P.I. who finds himself thrust into the seedy backroom politics of a corrupt mayoral election.

Mandate and Mr. Mudd will attach a director and a cast in early fall.