EXCLUSIVE: After teaming with Netflix on his most recent film A Fall From Grace, Tyler Perry is making his return to the streamer for his next film and has found his two leads in the process. Sources tell Deadline that Perry will direct A Jazzman’s Blues, with Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer on board to star. Perry will also write and produce the pic, with Michelle Sneed executive producing.
The film is a passion project for Perry that he has been trying to make for more than two decades and was the first screenplay he ever wrote — originally penning it 26 years ago. Set from 1937-87, the story follows an investigation into an unsolved murder unveiling a story full of forbidden love, deceit and a secret that has been held for 40 years. The film primarily will shoot at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and be released on Netflix this year.
“I have waited a quarter of a century to tell this story, and now is the perfect time and Netflix is the perfect partner,” Perry said.
A Fall From Grace premiered in January 2020 and marked the first time Perry took his directing talents to the studio. Perry’s films have grossed more than $1 billion at the North American box office. A Fall From Grace followed similar strong results with Netflix reporting that the film was seen by 39 million households in its first month.
For Boone and Pfeiffer, the film marks their biggest roles of their young careers. Boone’s credits include IFC Films’ Premature and the miniseries Seven Seconds. Pfeiffer’s include Scandal and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Perry is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham; Boone is with UTA; and Pfeiffer is repped by ICM Partners, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and Peikoff Mahan.
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