Fresh off another box office success for writer-director Tyler Perry, Lionsgate announced it will team up again with the filmmaker on his next pic, “Daddy’s Little Girl.”
Indie studio will produce with Perry and Reuben Cannon.
Film is being fast-tracked for a June production start date and a February release.
“Little Girl” will be the first Perry film not based on one of his plays. Nor is it a follow-up to “Madea’s Family Reunion” — which has grossed $55 million domestically since bowing Feb. 24 — or “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” both from Lionsgate.
A Cinderella story in reverse, Perry’s script for “Little Girl” revolves around a successful female attorney who falls in love with a janitor, the single father of three daughters, over the objections of her father.
“Madea,” which opened No. 1 at the box office, held the top spot its second weekend out.
Last year, “Diary” grossed more than $50 million at the box office. Since then, Lionsgate has sold more than 6 million copies of “Diary” and Perry’s stage plays on DVD.
In April, Perry will bring the franchise to the bookstands with the release of his first tome, “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love,” from Penguin imprint Riverdale.
On April 28, Lionsgate will release writer-director Doug Atchison’s African-American-themed “Akeelah and the Bee,” starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and Keke Palmer. In a first movie marketing deal for Starbucks, coffee chain is promoting “Akeelah” through its stores.