Janet Jackson is sitting in the producer’s chair thanks to a new development deal with Lionsgate.
The singer-actress told The Hollywood Reporter that she’ll be spreading her creative wings after inking a contract with independent film studio. Under the deal, Janet will step behind the camera to select, develop and produce projects.
Although Janet has a well-established legacy in the music business, she’s been dying to get into film production. Acting is where she cut her teeth as an entertainer afterall.
“Many people forget I started out as an actor,” Janet said. “I have been fortunate to work in the film industry, though not as much as I would like. I have a passion for storytelling, and have been doing it through my music for some time.”
She’s worked with the studio before under Tyler Perry in 2010’s critically acclaimed For Colored Girls. She starred as an icy magazine editor named Jo, who comes to the sobering realization that her husband is on the down-low.
It seems she may gravtitate to more serious pieces. As a producer Janet stated that she’d like to tackle heavier pieces for Lionsgate, with a preference for film noir, although she’s interested in a range of subject matters.
Lionsgate is happy to have Janet onboard and hopes that she can deliver as well off camera as she does on it.
“She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes,” said Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate’s president of motion picture production and development. “We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion and immense talent.”
— Sonya Eskridge