Tyler Perry pulls Madea out of retirement for Netflix movie
Boo! Here it is again.
Mourners of the “Madea” franchise can remove their black veils. Tyler Perry is rebooting it with a 12th installment, “A Madea Homecoming,” for Netflix after saying goodbye to the iconic character in 2019.
Perry, who won an honorary Oscar for his humanitarian work this year, said he planned to part ways with Madea at the premiere of the franchise’s 11th film, “A funeral for the Madea family.”
“I don’t want to be her age playing with her, so it was time to stop her and move on,” Perry the Hollywood Reporter said in 2019. “I have other things I want to do… I’m going to do something different.”
Madea’s character has appeared in 11 plays, 11 films, a handful of TV episodes, and an animated feature called “Madea’s Tough Love”. Played by Perry, she is known to be a rude and courageous grandmother.
The character, however, has been criticized, notably by director Spike Lee, for his resemblance to minstrel shows that portrayed racist stereotypes of blacks. Perry hit back at Lee in 2011, stating that the franchise was unfairly slandered.
2019 also marked the end of Perry’s contract with Lionsgate, the film studio that has released the “Madea” films since 2005. While at Lionsgate, the franchise grossed over $ 500 million.
“A Madea Homecoming” will premiere on Netflix, which has worked closely with Perry in the past. Perry “A fall from grace” reached 39 million streams on Netflix, and the streaming giant is running another Perry-affiliated original titled “A Jazzman’s Blues,” starring Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer, Amirah Vann and Austin Scott.
Perry will be the film’s writer, director and executive producer. Perry and Michelle Sneed will be executive producers on the project, with Will Aeu and Mark Swinton joining them as producers. The film will be shot at Perry’s studio in Atlanta.