Universal Pictures and Working Title Films have signed a two-picture deal with Joe Wright, whose latest film Atonement was nominated for seven Oscars this week and is in the running for 14 BAFTA awards including best director.

Separate from that two-picture agreement, Universal is partnering with Dreamworks and Working Title on Wright's next film, Soloist, which stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr and is currently in production.

Wright made his feature-film directing debut on 2005's Pride And Prejudice, which was produced by Working Title Films and Studio Canal and released by Focus Features.

'We are really proud of our collaboration with Joe,' Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, partners said. 'He has a unique vision and talent as a film-maker and is one of the best directors working today. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with him and his team on these three movies and on more projects in the future.'

'With Pride And Prejudice and Atonement, Joe has established himself as one of the most distinctive voices in cinema,' Universal chairman and co-chairman Marc Shmuger and David Linde said. 'He is a great image-maker, storyteller and craftsman. It's a pleasure for us to extend our relationship with Joe to include his next two projects, as well as his film Soloist, which is currently in production.'

Wright is represented by CAA in partnership with Independent in the UK.