Perry and Bassett Making MovesPublished by Clay Cane on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 12:01 am.
Lionsgate is keeping the cash rolling in by signing on for two more Tyler Perry films, Why Did I Get Married Too and I Can Do Bad All by Myself. Perry will write, direct and star in both of the films. In addition, Taraji P. Henson will star in I Can Do Bad All by Myself and everyone from the original cast of Why Did I Get Married? will join for the sequel — even Miss Janet. According to Variety, “Bad, which features Perry’s Madea character, is set for release Sept. 11. Why Did I Get Married Too, a sequel to 2007’s Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married, has been set for release on April 2, 2010, the start of next year’s Easter weekend.
Oscar nominee Angela Bassett is turning director in the movie United States, along with her husband Courtney Vance. According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘The actress will make her directorial debut with United States, an indie feature she will also produce with her Bassett/ Vance Prods. partner and husband Courtney B. Vance.
States, based on the novel Erasure by Percival Everett, is a dramatic comedy about Monk Ellison, a prominent black literary figure who writes a faux autobiography from the perspective of a barely literate hoodlum to decry what is wrong with the glorification of ‘ghetto’ culture. But when the book is lauded as a possible contender for the National Book Award, he must choose between pride and fame.”
Congrats to Angela Bassett! It is good to hear about more women of color behind the scenes.