Lionsgate acquires rights to Tyler Perry’s two upcoming films

MUMBAI: Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the next two films from writer, director, actor & producer Tyler Perry namely Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too.

The announcement  comes as the latest title in Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry franchise, Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail, continues its reign as the country’s number one film for the second week in a row. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate president, motion picture group, and co-chief operating officer Joe Drake.

Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson stars in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which is based on Perry’s play of the same name. Perry’s signature character, the indomitable Madea, will be featured in the film. Principal photography is scheduled to begin on March 16 at the new Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
 The film is expected to be released on September 11, 2009.

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too is a sequel to the 2007 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Principal photography will begin later this year, and the film is expected to be released on Easter weekend, April 2, 2010. Last year, Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns opened on Easter weekend (March 21, 2008), with a three-day box office total of $20 million.

Lionsgate president motion picture production Mike Paseornek said, "We could not be any prouder of our partnership with Tyler Perry, an amazing talent, dedicated colleague and beloved family member."

Perry added, "A filmmaker could not ask for a better home than Lionsgate. The studio has provided me with incredible support over the years, allowing me the creative freedom to make the films my audience expects and comes out to support."