*Earlier this week, before his new movie, “For Colored Girls” was ripped by critics from the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Tyler Perry wrote to his fans about the concerns regarding then film.
“There has been a lot of Internet chatter about me doing this film. I’ve heard everything from, ‘I’m glad he’s doing it!’ to ‘How dare he touch this!’ Believe me, I know that this is sensitive material and I handled it that way. If you don’t believe me see for yourself on November 5th.”
“If you know anything about the book or play, ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,’ which is what my film is based on, then you know that it is one of the most powerful literary works of this century. But, if you know it, you are also thinking like I was, ‘How can make this into a movie?,'” he continued.
Perry is getting his feet wet on some unchartered territory for him – taking someone else’s play and making it a film.
“After reading the play a thousand times and listening to these poems a million times, it hit me,” he continued. “There was only one way to approach it. So what I did was, I put these characters in the situations around the poems, so that they could speak the dialogue of the book without it sounding like a poem. And I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure that it could be done. But, after listening to Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Macy Gray, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Janet Jackson say these words it was awesomely seemless.”