Tyler Perry bringing “Peeples” to Lionsgate

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Will there be room for Madea?

We’ll find out soon enough, as Madea’s creator — Tyler Perry — has signed on to do another movie for Lionsgate. The picture will be titled “We the Peeples,” according to Variety, and will center on a young man who triggers a number of disastrous events when he meets his girlfriend’s parents.

The title sounds to me like a legal pun, which means we might see Madea in a judge’s robes. Please make that happen, Mr. Perry.

As for Lionsgate, another collaboration with Perry is the closest thing to a no-brainer any studio ever had to consider. His last five pictures have ranged from $37 million (“The Family The Preys”) to $90 million (“Madea Goes to Jail”). He has a dedicated fanbase, though they have shown they’ll turn out for a Madea movie more than an ensemble that doesn’t feature Perry’s loudmouth, dress-wearing alter ego.

No doubt “Peeples” will find that audience. What remains to be seen is if Perry will ever cross genres and reach a different audience with one of his comedies.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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