Tyler Perry Signs First-Look Film Deal with Netflix
Tyler Perry has signed a creative partnership with Netflix to write, direct, and produce feature films under a multi-year first-look deal.
The billionaire media mogul is already working with the streamer on a slate of upcoming films including the World War II period film, Six Triple Eight, starring an ensemble cast led by Kerry Washington. The film tells the true story of the first and only All-Black Women’s Army Corp unit to be stationed overseas during World War II.
Another film is Mea Culpa starring Kelly Rowland about a criminal defense attorney who takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.
Perry’s previous films with Netflix include 2022’s A Jazzman’s Blues, the 12th installment of the Madea franchise (A Madea Homecoming), and the 2020 thriller A Fall from Grace.
His first-look deal with Netflix coincides with an ongoing deal with competing streamer Amazon where he agreed to write, produce, and direct four feature films, which include the police brutality drama Black, White, and Blue and the Meagan Good-led marriage drama Divorce in the Black.
Perry still is in partnership with BET where he houses his long-running scripted series, The Oval, Assisted Living, and Sistas. Perry attempted to purchase a majority stake in BET when Paramount Global put the network up for sale. However, negotiations ended in August when the company announced it was no longer seeking a buyer.
While at the the Bloomberg Equality Summit in Atlanta earlier this month, Perry expressed his disappointment with the “disrespectful” failed deal.
“I was disappointed about it for a number of reasons,” he said as captured by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The way it happened was disrespectful in a lot of ways.”