Friday, November 16, 2007


Tyler Perry has signed on for films No. 6 and 7 under his expansive deal with Lionsgate. The filmmaker will direct and star as wisecracking, gun-toting grandma Madea again in a big screen version of his popular stage play Madea Goes to Jail, which chronicles a series of events that occur after Madea spends a night in jail (the movie is slated for release in 2008, according to Perry's official website). Perry will also write, direct and star in his new original screenplay, The Family That Preys Together.

"An artist couldn't ask for a better home than Lionsgate; they're respectful, supportive and loyal to a fault," said Perry. "They've given me room to tell the stories I want to tell, the way I want to tell them. And I'm gratified and humbled that audiences have responded with such enthusiasm and love." The two films come on the heels of his latest box office success, Why Did I Get Married, which starred Janet Jackson among the ensemble cast opened at No. 1 at the boxoffice last month with $21.4 million. Budgeted at about $10 million, it has earned $53 million to date.

Perry's next film, an adaptation of his stage play Meet the Browns, will arrive in theaters on March 21 starring Perry (who takes on a dual role as Madea and Uncle Joe), Angela Bassett, David and Tamela Mann, Rick Fox, Jennifer Lewis, Irma P. Hall, Denise Boutte and Lamman Rucker (who happens to play a gynecologist).

Speaking of Lamman, I found (isn't it ironic how you always find something useful when you're not even looking for it?!) several pictures of him, Keesha Sharp, Tasha Smith and Boutte promoting Why Did I Get Married? during a meet-and-greet with fans at The Los Angeles Black Business Expo back in September. That's after the jump!

Anywhoo, Meet the Browns revolves around a single mother, named Brenda (played by Angela Bassett) who lives in inner city Chicago, struggling to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when she's laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time -- until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father she's never met. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her father's fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existed ... and finds a brand new romance that just might change her life.”

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

He is too gorgeous for words!

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