SANTA MONICA, CA (September 3, 2009) – LIONSGATE announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to filmmaker Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s award-winning 1975 play FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF. Perry will write, direct and produce. The film will be the first project for 34th Street Films, Perry’s new production company, which is housed at Lionsgate. Paul Hall (PRIDE) also produces. The announcement was jointly made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President, and Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production. FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF will feature an all-star cast of female actors. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Atlanta in November 2009 and continue through December 2009. Lionsgate plans to release the film in 2010. This will be the tenth title in Lionsgate’s ongoing franchise with filmmaker Perry, and it is Perry’s first film to be based on non-original material.
Commented Perry, “Making a film of FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF is a dream come true for me. Ntozake Shange’s play is a magnificent tribute to the strength and dignity of women of color, and I think audiences of all generations will be able to recognize and embrace the experiences these women represent. Creatively, this movie is one of the most exciting undertakings of my career, and I’m excited to start production this November.”