Judd Apatow gets three more shots at directing

Juddapatow_290 Judd Apatow will have a few more chances to be funny.

The writer/producer/director of "Funny People" has re-upped with Universal to write and direct three more pictures, according to the trades. Though his name is on a new movie seemingly every week, Apatow himself has only directed three movies: "Funny People," "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," all for Universal.

See pictures from Judd Apatow's 'Funny People.'

"He has become a cornerstone for what this company prides itself on, which is excellence in comedies," Universal Pictures chairman David Linde told The Hollywood Reporter. Apatow is "one of the most responsible filmmakers that this company works with. He is always on budget, he is always on time."

"Everyone at Universal has been incredibly supportive of my directing career since day one," Apatow said in a statement. "I am thrilled I am able to continue that relationship."

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