Madea has graced screens over and again for more than 20 years and guess what? she’s so not done!
Although after 2019’s A Madea Family Funeral’s release, it seemed like Perry was hanging up the boots on the beloved character, but given the circumstance of things, he’s had some reconsidering and has now announced yet another sequel starring a the funny matriarch.
At the time, Tyler Perry had said:
“It’s time for me to kill that old bitch,” the director told SiriusXM host Bevy Smith on Monday’s episode of Bevelations. “I’m tired, man. I’m tired.”
“We’re going to say goodbye in ’19,” he said. “I just don’t want to be her age playing her.”
Madea who made her grand debut in 1999 in “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” has since starred in several films as the character, including Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Meet the Browns, Madea Goes to Jail, Madea’s Witness Protection and more. According to Variety, Perry based the character on his own mother, as well as Eddie Murphy’s performance in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, the media mogul spoke on why he had to bring Madea back to screens.
“I was looking at the state of the world and how polarized it is… nobody’s laughing. Nobody’s getting the chance to belly-laugh anymore. And I’m like, what tool do I have in my arsenal that can bring that kind of laughter?
While the latest installment will center around Madea’s great-grandson’s college graduation, Perry mentioned part of the drama will feature an LGBTQ+ storyline according to cinema blend.
The new Madea film is part of Perry’s new deal with the streamer. A Madea Homecoming will serve as the sequel to the first Netflix release A Fall from Grace. The latest Madea film will be one of two releases in 2022 for Tyler Perry as his dream project A Jazzman’s Blue will premiere later in the year.
The Madea Family Funeral sequel will debut on Netflix on Feb. 25.