Lionsgate Adopts Perry’s “Happy Family”

Lionsgate is continuing its partnership with Tyler Perry, scoring the film rights to his eleventh feature “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family”.

Adapted from his currently touring new stage play “Madea’s Big Happy Family”, Perry will reprise his signature role as the straight-shooting Madea for a sixth time on the big screen.

Lionsgate has already set a release date of April 22nd 2011. Perry’s tenth film, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”, is scheduled for release on January 14th 2011.

Five of Perry’s stage plays have yet to be adapted for film – his first “I Know I’ve Been Changed”, 2003’s “Madea’s Class Reunion”, and his three most recent plays before ‘Happy Family’ – “What’s Done in the Dark,” “The Marriage Counselor” and “Laugh to Keep from Crying”.