Tyler Perry finalized a creative partnership with Netflix to write, direct, and produce eight movies for the streaming giant over the next four years. Perry already made five movies for Netflix: A Fall From Grace, A Madea Homecoming, and A Jazzman’s Blues, plus the upcoming Six Triple Eight and Mea Culpa.
Variety reports that Endeavor and TKO CEO Ari Emanuel teased the new partnership at Bloomberg Media’s Screentime conference on October 11. Perry shied away from talking about the Netflix deal at the time because it was not yet finalized, saying, “Netflix has been an incredible partner to work with, and so is Amazon. It’s been really, really, really incredible, and that’s all I’ll say about it.”
Perry's new Netflix deal is independent of his four-picture deal inked with Amazon Studios in 2022. The first two movies under the Amazon Studios deal are the police-brutality drama Black, White & Blue a police and Divorce in the Black about a shattered marriage.
Does Tyler Perry's New Netflix Deal Mean That More Madea Films Are in the Works?
Actor-filmmaker Tyler Perry is best known for creating and portraying the no-nonsense elderly character Mabel “Madea” Simmons. Perry most recently played Madea in 2022's A Madea Homecoming (pictured) for Netflix. Perry originally intended to retire the character after 2019's A Madea Family Funeral, but he reversed his decision and decided to return to play Madea a 12th time. According to Nielsen, A Madea Homecoming spent 4 weeks sitting atop Netflix's global top-10 chart and logged more than 1 billion minutes watched during its first week of streaming. That's a whole lot of Madea, but could the gun-waving grandma return for more adventures now that Perry has a new Netflix deal?
“I was done with Madea, completely done with it,” Perry told Variety when he was honored as 2020’s Showman of the Year. “But as I’ve been looking at the state of the world … and the amount of joy and laughter that it brought to so many people, that’s what I think is missing. We need that laughter and that joy.” He went on to say:
“Negativity screams, and positivity whispers. So we just need more whisperers to help people. I know this sounds cliché and some people may think it’s bulls—, but the truth is, I’ve lived long enough and experienced enough good and bad to know that good wins when everybody pushes in that direction.”
The documentary Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story premieres on Prime Video on November 17.
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