By Indiewire | Indiewire March 1, 2005 at 2:00AM
Lions Gate Re-Teams With Tyler Perry for Next Film, "Madea's Family Reunion"
by Eugene Hernandez
Following the success this past weekend with the national release of "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," Lions Gate Film has announced that it will partner with actor and writer Tyler Perry on his directorial debut, "Madea's Family Reunion." The company released "Woman" with BET Films. The movie, adapted by Perry from his acclaimed play, earned nearly $22 million nationwide (more details on the release will be published in tomorrow's box office column).
Lions Gate will produce and distribute Perry's new comedy, according to company president of producer Mike Paseornek. Perry will direct, write, produce and star in the film, reprising a character he also plays in "Diary of Mad Black Woman." The company plans to release the movie in February of next year.
"Tyler Perry is an incredibly funny, multi-talented artist whose plays, and now films, have developed a hugely devoted following across the country," said Lions Gate's Paseornek in a statement. "He has crafted an unforgettable, hilarious character in 'Madea', and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with him on his film adaptation of 'Madea's Family Reunion'."
Tyler Perry is a 35-year-old playwright, director, producer and actor from New Orleans. In the six years since he was homeless, Perry has made an impact in the African-American community, with seven shows.
"Mad Black Woman" producer Reuben Cannon will produce the new film. Paseornek and LGF's Peter Block negotiated the deal for "Madea's" with Matt Johnson of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer LLP and Charles King of the William Morris Agency for Tyler Perry.