Tyler Perry will write, produce, direct and star. Ozzie Areu and Will Areu will also be producers on the film.
The film originated from Perry and Chris Rock including a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s 2014 film “Top Five.” Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie.
“Boo! A Madea Halloween” will see Madea spending Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
The film will also star Bella Thorne, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Andre Hall, Yousef Erakat, Lexy Panterra, Diamond White, Liza Koshy, Brock O’Hurn, Jimmy Tatro, JC Caylen, Kian Lawley and Mike Tornabene.
It’s first feature film appearance for Erakat, the Palestinian-American YouTube personality better known by his stage name FouseyTube. “It’s very exciting for me to be in a film that’s this funny,” he told Variety.
Lionsgate has released eight Madea films dating back to 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” based on Perry’s play. The studio had a first-look deal with Perry that was not renewed last year.
“We are thrilled to reunite with the iconic Tyler Perry, one of the greatest creative forces in entertainment and a beloved and cherished member of our Lionsgate family,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ brings together two great Lionsgate traditions — Madea and a Halloween movie — and we know that audiences will find the combination outrageous, hilarious and unbeatable.”
Production is under way in Atlanta, home to Tyler Perry Studios.