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Tyler Perry Inks Multi-Year First Look Deal With Netflix

His BET deal may not have gone as planned, but it looks like Tyler Perry is getting into bed with Netflix.

News of the creative partnership comes following Perry’s pact with Amazon Studios in November 2022 to write, direct and produce four features for Prime Video. Perry comes to it after working extensively with Netflix in recent years, including on the forthcoming features Six Triple Eight and Mea Culpa.

Exec produced by Kerry Washington, who also leads the starry ensemble, Six Triple Eight spotlights the inspiring true story of the first and only Women’s Army Corp unit of color to be stationed overseas during World War II. Kelly Rowland and Trevante Rhodes star in Mea Culpa, a film about a criminal defense attorney who takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.

Other past Perry films for Netflix include recent Humanitas Prize winner A Jazzman’s Blues, a tale of forbidden love that world premiered in Toronto; A Madea Homecoming, the 12th installment of the billion-dollar Madea franchise, in which Perry also stars; and the thriller A Fall from Grace starring Crystal Fox.

Perry’s personal story will soon be coming to the screen via Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, a doc directed for Amazon Studios and Bekele Films by Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz, which has been set to world premiere as AFI Fest’s centerpiece film on October 27, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Reps for the always-busy multi-hyphenate are WME and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.

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