Studio to produce next two films
Staying true to Tyler Perry, Lionsgate will produce the next two pics in the filmmaker’s urban-themed franchise, “Why Did I Get Married” and “Jazz Man’s Blues.”Perry’s first two films for Lionsgate have enjoyed strong success, with his third, “Daddy’s Little Girl,” set to open in theaters on Valentine’s Day. The world preem will be held Feb. 3 at Perry’s new 60,000-square-foot studio in Atlanta. “Tyler has achieved so much in a short period of time, and we look forward to celebrating yet more successes with him,” Lionsgate prexy of production Michael Paseornek said. “Why Did I Get Married” will be the bigscreen adaptation of Perry’s stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene. “Jazz Man’s Blues” is set in the south in post-World War II and revolves around a man who leaves his rural town in search of fame. While he’s away, it’s discovered that he had an affair with a light-skinned African-American who has been passing as white. Her racist husband has no idea about his wife, and organizes the Ku Klux Klan to go after the singer. Bowing in theaters earlier this year, Tyler’s “Madea’s Family Reunion” — a follow-up to “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” — took the top box office spot for two weeks before going on to gross more than $63 million domestically. Tyler’s first book, “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love,” debuted No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list when hitting bookstands in April. Tyler is repped by William Morris Agency.