Perry, Lionsgate for two more


Lionsgate has acquired the rights to Tyler Perry's next two films, "The Family That Preys Together" and "Madea Goes to Jail."

The new titles will mark the sixth and seventh motion pictures teaming Perry with Lionsgate.

Perry will direct "Family" from his original screenplay and will play one of the film's major roles.

Additionally, he will direct and reprise his role as the title character in "Madea Goes to Jail." This is an adaptation of Perry's play about a series of events that occur after Madea spends a night in jail. Both films are scheduled to begin production in the spring.

" 'The Family That Preys Together' and 'Madea Goes to Jail' are going to deliver everything audiences have come to expect from a Tyler Perry production: humor, uplift and unlimited heart and soul," said Michael Paseornek, president of film production at Lionsgate.

Added Perry: "An artist couldn't ask for a better home than Lionsgate; they're respectful, supportive and loyal to a fault. They've given me room to tell the stories I want to tell, the way I want to tell them."

The most recent Perry release from Lionsgate, "Why Did I Get Married?" opened at No. 1 at the boxoffice last month with $21.4 million.

Perry's next release, Lionsgate's "Meet the Browns," opens March 21. The film, starring Perry and Angela Bassett, is an adaptation of the helmer's stage play.

Perry is repped by WMA and attorney Matt Johnson.