Tyler Perry will direct and star in Good Deeds, a new production for Lionsgate, based on his own original screenplay.
Perry will once again work both in front of and behind the cameras in the romantic drama about a successful entrepreneur who’s going to get married when he suddenly finds himself more interested in a down-on-her-luck single mother than his uptown fiance.
Filming is set to begin at the end of April in Atlanta and is being produced by Tyler Perry Studios along with Lionsgate. A release date has not yet been announced.
Last year Perry directed the adaptation of For Colored Girls based on Ntozake Shange’s Tony Award – winning stageplay (1975), with generally mixed reviews.
Regardless of the critics about the quality of his movies, e.g. Spike Lee opinion of Perry movies as filled with Coonery, Tyler Perry is making the growing influence of the segment of the film-going public that Hollywood producers dismissed and he consistently makes mad bank as well.
Lionsgate has signed two years extension of their first-look deal with Perry because he delivers big box office for relatively very little money. Besides, his Madea series is a genuine franchise, whether you like it or not.
The next Perry flick, Madea’s Big Happy Family, will be released on April 22. So, it’s going to be a busy period for Perry — adaptation of I, Alex Cross which will have Rob Cohen directing the thriller, will likely to be shoot later this year.
While waiting for more details on Good Deeds, look at everyone’s favorite, wise-cracking, take-no-prisoners grandma in Madea’s Big Happy Family trailer.