Tyler Perry has tacked on three more years to his lucrative production deal with Lionsgate.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tyler will create two more movies starring his most famous character, Madea, under the new deal. He’ll also have the option to release other films that he either writes, directs, produces or stars in. This opens up the possibility of Tyler doing more projects like the critically acclaimed For Colored Girls, in which he did not appear.
The deal includes provisions for Lionsgate to continue releasing DVDs of his stage plays, which often feature a Gospel theme. The plays are how Tyler made a name for himself as he introduced the world to Madea.
Madea has been a focal point of controversy and debate in Black Hollywood, but audiences are eating it up. His last flick featuring the character, Madea Goes to Jail, debuted at #1 its opening weekend, grossing about $90 million in the United States. That success could carry over to his upcoming movie, Madea’s Big Happy Family, due out on Easter weekend.
Tyler’s TV shows, “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne,” are not included under the extended contract with Lionsgate.
This news comes just as it was announced that Tyler is getting ready to produce a romantic drama called Good Deeds for the studio. Blackfilm.com reports that Tyler wrote the script and is set to direct the film.
Tyler will play engaged entrepreneur Glen Deeds, who falls for a down-trodden single mother right before his wedding. Shooting for Good Deeds is set to begin in Atlanta at the end of the month.
There’s a chance you could get a little girl you know a part in the film, too, but you have to move fast! S2S just heard about a Good Deeds casting call.
Tyler Perry Studios is looking for a Black girl between the ages of 5 and 7 years old to play Ariel, which is one the principle roles in the movie. As described, it’s a complex and emotional part. Parents interested in putting their relative up for the role should email the following things to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Date of birth
- City and state
- Parent’s name and contact info
Applications must have “Ariel Submission” in the subject line. The deadline for casting submissions is April 6 at noon. The girl who gets the part will tentatively be working from April 28 to May 27.
– Sonya Eskridge