One of cinema's most profitable partnerships will remain intact, as Tyler Perry has reached a new agreement with Lionsgate.
The studio announced Wednesday (July 23) that Perry has inked a three-year first-look pact covering both theatrical and home entertainment products.
Under the terms of the deal, Perry will make at least three addition films for Lionsgate, adding to an already impressively successful relationship.
Perry has produced and marked five features with Lionsgate, beginning with the surprise smash "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" in 2005 and followed -- with varying levels of box office might -- by "Madea's Family Reunion," "Daddy's Little Girls," "Why Did I Get Married" and "Meet the Browns." Four of the five movies have opened in the top spot at the box office. In additional, Lionsgate has distributed Perry's hit TV series "Tyler's Perry's House of Payne."
The writer-director-star is so prolific that his new Lionsgate deal won't kick off until after two more films from the old deal are released. "The Family That Preys" is set to open on Sept. 12, 2008, while "Madea Goes to Jail" will premiere on Feb. 20, 2009.
"Tyler Perry defines the bold entrepreneurial spirit that sets Lionsgate apart as a next generation studio connecting with audiences in new and exciting ways," says Mike Paseornek, president of motion picture production for Lionsgate, in a statement. "He is one of the most original, prolific and successful creative voices in the entertainment world today, and we're thrilled to extend this remarkable entrepreneurial partnership for another three years. The Tyler Perry franchise is a unique global phenomenon, and we're privileged to call Tyler a member of our Lionsgate family."
"Browns," Perry's latest, opened at $20 million this March and took in nearly $42 million at the domestic box office, before recently delivering a strong DVD premiere. "Married" made $55 million domestic when it opened last October.
"Lionsgate has shared and nurtured my creative vision in a way that no other studio could match," Perry says in the statement. "They continue to play a vital role in bringing my messages to new audiences in new markets every single day with unequalled marketing brilliance. I'm delighted to continue partnering with them on a rich palette of exciting projects for years to come."