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Lionsgate has announced that director-producer Tyler Perry will reprise his signature role as the straight-shooting Madea in ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.’

The film is adapted from his new stage play, ‘Madea’s Happy Family,’ which is currently on tour in the United States.

“It’s very important to me to make movies that audiences can relate to, and I can’t think of a more relatable subject than family,” Perry said. “I’m looking forward to bringing back Madea and the gang, and I’m glad to have Lionsgate with me for the journey.”

“No one makes a big-screen entrance like Madea, and we’re very excited to welcome her back with ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.’ To us, the title of the film couldn’t be more apt. Not only is Tyler a cherished member of the Lionsgate family; his unique brand of storytelling, humor, music and uplift has created a big happy family of moviegoers,” stated Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate president of motion picture production.

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Perry’s 10th film for Lionsgate, ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,’ is scheduled to begin principal photography on June 1 in Atlanta. Perry directs his screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play by Ntozake Shange and produces alongside Paul Hall. The film’s cast includes Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Macy Gray. It is scheduled for nationwide release on Jan. 14, 2011.

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