Lionsgate plays Perry doubleheader


Continuing its successful partnership with Tyler Perry, Lionsgate has acquired the multihyphenate's next two films, "Why Did I Get Married?" and "A Jazz Man's Blues."

"Married" is an adaptation of Perry's play revolving around the joys and trials of matrimony. The movie is expected to begin production in January, just before Perry's third film, "Daddy's Little Girls," bows Feb. 14.

"Blues" tells the story of a young black jazz singer who after leaving his rural town in search of fame is drawn back home to save a woman he had an affair with years ago. Production on "Blues" will begin in the summer.

Both films will be shot at the newly launched Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. In fact, "Girls" will have its world premiere at the studio Feb. 3.

"We're very proud to continue our association with Tyler Perry, one of the most unique, dynamic and successful talents at work today," said Mike Paseornek, president of film production at Lionsgate. "Tyler has achieved so much in such a short period of time, and we look forward to celebrating yet more successes with him."

Perry's most recent two movies, "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," have grossed a combined $113 million.

"Lionsgate is my family, the home for all my movies and videos," Perry said. "And they've given me exactly what you want in a home: a supportive environment and the room to grow."

Perry is repped by WMA, and his attorney is Matt Johnson of Ziffren Brittenham.