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Lionsgate nabs 11th Tyler Perry movie

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In what is a surprise to absolutely no one, Tyler Perry’s longtime studio home Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired the multi-hyphenate’s next movie, Madea’s Big Happy Family. The movie marks the 11th title to come from Perry. The actor/director/producer/writer will reprise his role as Madea in the film adaptation of his new stage play, Madea’s Happy Family. The studio will release the film on Easter weekend April 22, 2011.

Perry’s 10th film For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf will begin principal photography on June 1 in Atlanta. Perry is adapting the Obie Award-winning play by Ntozake Shange. The movie stars Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Macy Gray. Lionsgate will bow the film on January 14, 2011. Perry’s movies have grossed $450 million domestically.