Tyler Perry is now a free agent.

According to reports, the filmmaker has parted ways with Lionsgate, the studio he’s worked with exclusively since the 2005 release of Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The company has decided not to renew their first-look contract deal, which concluded at the end of 2013.

In addition, the writer, director, producer and actor is closing the Los Angeles office of his 34th Street Films banner and consolidating operations at his Atlanta headquarters.

34th Street was created in 2008 with the goal of creating projects written and directed by filmmakers other than the very busy Perry, but it has also handled a few of Perry’s own films. The first movie from the label was For Colored Girls, the adaptation of the Ntozake Shange play which Perry wrote and directed. However, most of Perry’s films have been produced through his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Company.

Perry and Lionsgate have at least one more project to disturb before the end of their business relationship, which sources say appeared to be a mutual decision. The Single Moms Club, written and directed by Perry, is expected to hit theaters on March 14. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there may also be a few more Madea flicks in development.

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4 thoughts on “Tyler Perry & Lionsgate Part Ways After Longstanding Production Deal

  1. Ivan Cohen on said:

    If there are a few more “Madea” projects on the horizon, then it is time to go outside the box and have a bona-fide black woman portray her. The man dressed up as a woman is getting old. In it is past old…done morphed into mold. So initially this role was Tyler’s acknowledgement of the women who made in a difference in his life. Get the real deal to play Madea, seeing a “hard leg man” in that outfit won’t make the grade.

  2. I think the writer meant to write “distribute” instead of “disturb” in the following sentence unless they did it on purpose.

    “Perry and Lionsgate have at least one more project to disturb before the end of their business relationship”

  3. pac4me on said:

    All things come to an end for a reason – both parties mutually benefited from their collaboration and now they are off to bigger and better. Congratulations Tyler, you’re the MAN!!!!!

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