Good news for all the Tyler Perry fans out there (where are you guys?). The filmmaker has just extended his theatrical and home entertainment distribution deal with Lionsgate, ensuring that you'll see a slew of Madea movies in the years to come. Perry and the mini-major have Madea's Big Happy Family coming up next month, and though the prolific multi-hyphenate will retreat from his comfort zone as he takes on I, Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment and director Rob Cohen, you can be sure that there's more collaborations between the studio and its primary star.
“Together, Lionsgate and I have built the ideal filmmaker/studio relationship, and I’m thrilled that it will be continuing,” said Perry, in a statement. “We share an entrepreneurial spirit and have a great business rapport. But more importantly, Lionsgate has been incredibly affirming of my relationship with my audience — I’ve always had the artistic freedom to speak what I want, how I want, and when I want through my films.” Great business rapport, indeed. Lionsgate has distributed all of his films since 2005, a partnership that has resulted in over $520 million in domestic box office.
Additionally, the studio has sold more than 40 million DVD and digital copies of his films, television shows and stage plays, making today's obviously lucrative deal all the more logical. “Tyler Perry is one of the most powerful and unique entertainment brands in the world today, with a fan base that is virtually unrivaled in its loyalty and passion,” said Lionsgate co-chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer, in a statement. “Lionsgate and Tyler have grown together for many years, and we look forward to pushing the envelopes of our businesses together for many years to come. Tyler is a remarkable creative force, and it is a privilege to support his efforts to continue to enlarge his audience and extend his creative reach.”