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.