Perry, Exodus to produce new series
Tyler Perry’s “Madea” is getting animated.Perry’s production company has partnered with Exodus Film Group to produce an animated series based on his signature character, an opinionated, larger-than-life African-American woman. Much like Perry’s hit TBS laffer “House of Payne,” the untitled “Madea” toon will be funded and produced before the show is shopped to potential networks. “Madea” could also wind up being distributed directly to video. “After receiving thousands of letters from parents telling me how much their kids love Madea and realizing that a lot of the plays were not kid friendly,” said Perry, “I wanted to do something more appropriate, and this seems to be it. A ‘Madea’ animation looks like the best way.” Exodus will finance the project. “Exodus recognized that there was a void in the marketplace for animated properties geared toward the African-American family,” said Jerome Williams, Exodus VP of business development. Perry will create, write and exec produce the animated project. Exodus CEO John Eraklis, prexy Max Howard and Williams will also serve as exec producers. Perry has played Madea in features such as “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea’s Family Reunion” and the upcoming “Meet the Browns.”
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