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Witches' Brew: Confirmed: Tyler Perry To Direct “For Colored Girls”

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Confirmed: Tyler Perry To Direct “For Colored Girls”

In typical Hollywood “lemme plug my next project before you’ve seen my current project” fashion, Tyler Perry confirmed his next project at last night’s Why Did I get Married Too? premiere. He will direct the film version of Ntozake Shange’s Broadway classic “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

Perry also revealed the cast, which includes Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray. The film is set to begin shooting in New York this June with a likely 2010-2011 release.

“For Colored Girls” will be the first film done under Perry’s 34th Street Films production company, a new arm of Lionsgate.  The classic 1975 play dealt with issues that many black women still face today: love problems, abortion, rape, domestic abuse and abandonment.

Video director Nzingha Stewart is expected to serve as the project’s screenwriter but that title is tricky, since Perry plans to write, direct and produce the film. You know how he does.

Anyway, what say you… is this a good marriage or do you thing Tyler will mess it up?

Image via Clutch Magazine

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