*Tyler Perry Studios has started production on “Boo! A Madea Halloween” with Lionsgate releasing the comedy that originated from Perry and Chris Rock including a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s 2014 film “Top Five.” The studio approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real.
In ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween,’ Madea “winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.”
“We are thrilled to reunite with the iconic Tyler Perry, one of the greatest creative forces in entertainment and a beloved and cherished member of our Lionsgate family,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ brings together two great Lionsgate traditions — Madea and a Halloween movie — and we know that audiences will find the combination outrageous, hilarious and unbeatable.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 19, 2016
Perry will play the roles of “Madea,” in addition to the roles of “Joe” and “Brian.” The film will also star Bella Thorne as “Rain,” Cassi Davis as “Aunt Bam,” Patrice Lovely as “Hattie,” Andre Hall as “Quinton,” Yousef Erakat as “Jonathan,” Lexy Panterra as “Leah,” Diamond White as “Tiffany,” Liza Koshy as “Aday,” Brock O’Hurn as “Horse,” Jimmy Tatro as “Sean,” JC Caylen as “Mikey,” Kian Lawley as “Bean Boy,” and Mike Tornabene as “Dino.”
Lionsgate has released eight Madea films since 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” based on Perry’s play. The studio had a first-look deal with Perry that was not renewed last year, per Variety.
Production is under way in Atlanta. The film is set for release in theaters on October 21.