Lionsgate sets Perry release dates

'Marriage Counselor' goes out July 27

Lionsgate has dated a pair of Tyler Perry projects: A feature version of his play “The Marriage Counselor” is set for July 27 and his comedy “We the Peeples” for March 29, 2013.

“The Marriage Counselor,” based on the 10th play by Perry, centers on an accountant and his wife, an Ivy League-educated marriage counselor who finds it difficult to address issues with her own marriage. Pic, written and directed by Perry, stars Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams and Brandy Norwood.

“Counselor” will open against Summit’s “Step Up 4” and Fox’s “Neighborhood Watch.” “Peeples,” written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism and produced by Perry, centers on a young man enduring the weekend from hell when he surprises his girlfriend by showing up to meet her parents. Pic stars Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson and Kali Hawk.

“Peeples” will open against Open Road’s “The Host” and Fox’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

In March, Lionsgate extended by at least two years its first-look pact with Perry for film and homevid, continuing a partnership that dates to 2005. Perry’s 11 films for Lionsgate over the past six years have grossed nearly $600 million at the North American box office, and his DVDs have sold more than 40 million units. Their 12th project, romantic drama “Good Deeds,” opens Feb. 24.

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