LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Hot on the heels of the success of “Madea Goes to Jail,” the top movie in North America for the past two weekends, prolific filmmaker Tyler Perry is about to begin work on his next project.
“I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” based on Perry’s play of the same name, will start shooting on March 16 at his studio in Atlanta. As usual, Perry will write, direct and star in the film. Taraji P. Henson, Oscar nominated for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” will also star.
Perry’s signature character, the indomitable pistol-packing granny Madea, will be featured in the film, which is scheduled for release on September 11 viaLionsgate, the studio with which he signed a three-year, first-look deal in the summer.
Perry will then start work on “Why Did I Get Married Too,” a sequel to 2007’s “Why Did I Get Married?” It will be released on Easter weekend next April. Perry has already demonstrated an affinity for Easter holiday openings since his “Meet the Browns” opened in that slot last year to $20 million. “Madea Goes to Jail” set a record for Perry with a $41 million opening, and has grossed $66 million to date.
Perry has released seven films through Lionsgate since “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” in 2005, and they have collectively grossed nearly $350 million at the North American box office.