Tyler Perry Inks Deal to Direct Four Movies for Amazon

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 01, 2019: Tyler Perry at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring Tyler Perry — Photo by Featureflash

Tyler Perry is getting into business with Amazon Studios.

The filmmaker has closed a deal to write, direct and produce four films for release on Prime Video, the studio announced Monday.

“Tyler Perry is undeniably one of the most prolific creators of our time,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “He is a true multihyphenate who has defined his own incredible brand of storytelling and inspired people all over the world with his series and films.”

“I’m excited and grateful to start working with Amazon Studios to bring movies to Prime Video,” Perry added. “Jennifer Salke and the entire team have welcomed me with open arms, and I’m looking forward to continuing telling unique stories and bringing my next projects to the global audiences that they reach.”

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The actor, writer, producer, director is best known for creating the Madea franchise.

He’s credited with over 20 feature films, numerous stage plays, and television shows including Sistas, Bruh, House of Payne, and The Haves and the Have Nots.

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His most recent film, A Jazzman’s Blues, was released on Netflix in September. Perry wrote, directed, and produced the drama about a forbidden relationship in the 1940s deep South between two young lovers. The filmmaker said he wrote the script back in 1995, before his Madea stage plays and movies became massive hits.

Over the years, Perry has received numerous awards, including the Emmys Governors Award in 2020 for helping to shape the television medium, an honorary Oscar for his humanitarian work in 2021, and BET’s Ultimate Icon Award in 2019.

During his BET Awards acceptance speech, Perry said he built his sprawling film studio in Atlanta to help create opportunities and inspire other Black people.

“When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest Black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young Black kids could see that a Black man did that, and they can do it too,” he said. “It’s all about trying to help somebody cross. While everybody else was fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘#OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoWhite,’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.'”