Tyler Perry Commits “Suicide” For Lionsgate

Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to filmmaker Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s award-winning 1975 play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

The play itself was a series of twenty poems performed through a cast of nameless women, each known only by a color: “Lady in Yellow”, “Lady in Purple”, etc.. The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, domestic violence and abortion. The feature film version will likely be a female ensemble drama that will craft a multiple storyline narrative using many of the poems for key scenes and themes.

Perry will write, direct and produce the film which will be the first project for 34th Street Films, Perry’s new production company. Paul Hall also produces.

The project marks the tenth title that Lionsgate and Perry have worked on together. The eighth, “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself”, opens next Friday.

Shooting will begin in Atlanta in November for release sometime next year.