Of all the film franchises at Lionsgate, the most financially reliable are Tyler Perry’s. Like his racial stereotyping or not, he’s a money machine especially when his films star his female alter ego Madea. Now the studio has acquired rights to his 11th title, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, and planned an Easter release on April 22, 2011. The film is adapted from his new stage play “Madea’s Happy Family,” which is currently on tour in the U.S.
Perry’s 10th film for Lionsgate, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, is scheduled to begin principal photography on June 1st in Atlanta. He is directing his screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play by Ntozake Shange, and produces alongside Paul Hall. The film stars Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Macy Gray. The pic is scheduled for nationwide release on January 14, 2011.