Lionsgate has announced that it has acquired the rights to the next film by writer/director/actor/producer Tyler Perry, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Film.” The film will be the eleventh title in the studio’s hit Perry franchise. Perry will reprise his signature role as Madea in the film, adapted from his new stage play “Madea’s Happy Family,” which is currently on tour in the U.S. The announcement was jointly made by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Chief Operating Office and Motion Picture Group President, and Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production
Lionsgate plans to release the film on April 22, 2011.
Said Perry in a statement: “It’s very important to me to make movies that audiences can relate to, and I can’t think of a more relatable subject than family. I’m looking forward to bringing back Madea and the gang, and I’m glad to have Lionsgate with me for the journey.”