After a couple of years away from feature filmmaking to focus on TV, Tyler Perry Studios announced today that they have started production on a new Madea filmtitled “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which will be distributed by Lionsgate (I guess they’re back in the Tyler Perry business after cutting ties with the mogul in early 2014 – a decision that was said to be mutual between Perry and Lionsgate).
Tyler Perry will write, produce, direct, and star in the latest project with the popular Madea character which will see the matriarch up to her stockings in the middle of mayhem when she spends “a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens,” says the press release.
The film’s origins date back to when Perry and Chris Rock conspired to include a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s film “Top Five.” Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real.
And the rest is history…
Perry will play the roles of Madea, of course, in addition to the roles of Joe and Brian. The film will also star Bella Thorne as Rain, Cassi Davis as Aunt Bam, Patrice Lovely as Hattie, Andre Hall as Quinton, Yousef Erakat as Jonathan, Lexy Panterra as Leah, Diamond White as Tiffany, Liza Koshy as Aday, Brock O’Hurn as Horse, Jimmy Tatro as Sean, JC Caylen as Mikey, Kian Lawley as Bean Boy, and Mike Tornabene as Dino.
“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.
Ozzie Areu and Will Areu will be producers on the film, along with Perry.
An October 21, 2016 release date is set.
Hey, it could be fun!!