Tyler Perry, 'Madea's Family Reunion'

Tyler Perry in 'Madea's Family Reunion

After stepping away from his wildly popular Madea character for his past two films, Tyler Perry will drag up old memories for "Madea Goes to Jail."

Lionsgate announced Wednesday (Nov. 14) that the company has acquired the rights to Perry's next two films, bringing their number of cinematic collaborations to seven by the end of the deal.

Perry's latest, "Why Did I Get Married," was his third No. 1 film. The movie's $50-plus million gross is a nice bounce back for Perry after the relative disappointment of "Daddy's Little Girls" in the spring.

Lionsgate will release "Meet the Browns," co-starring Angela Bassett, on March 21 2008 and around the same time, Perry will begin production on "The Family That Preys Together" and then "Madea Goes to Jail."

"We're thoroughly in awe of Tyler Perry's talent, energy and integrity, and are very proud to call him a member of the Lionsgate family," says Lionsgate's President of Film Production Michael Paseornek. "'The Family that Preys Together' and 'Madea Goes to Jail' are going to deliver everything audiences have come to expect from a Tyler Perry production: humor, uplift, and unlimited heart and soul."

Perry will co-star in "The Family That Preys Together," from his own original screenplay, while "Madea Goes to Jail" will be taken from the popular play.

"An artist couldn't ask for a better home than Lionsgate; they're respectful, supportive and loyal to a fault," Perry says. "They've given me room to tell the stories I want to tell, the way I want to tell them. And I'm gratified and humbled that audiences have responded with such enthusiasm and love."