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Madea Returns in 'Big Happy Family'

by Ray Subers
Tyler Perry as Madea in Madea Goes to Jail
 

 
April 28, 2010

In addition to the massive Universal release schedule announcements from this morning, a wave of other noteworthy changes streamed in this afternoon.

Lionsgate announced that Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, featuring Perry cross-dressing as the title character Madea for the sixth time, will be released April 22, 2011. Perry's nine movies have made a combined $480 million, and his most recent, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?, has grossed $57.7 million so far. With Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf scheduled for release Jan. 14, 2011, Perry now has two movies scheduled for the first half of 2011. That three-month gap between movies is not only the smallest yet for Perry but represents the smallest for a major director's work since Steven Soderbergh released Gray's Anatomy and Schizopolis three weeks apart back in 1997.

While it was unofficially announced yesterday, Sony today officially shuffled Columbia/MGM's Zookeeper, starring Kevin James, from October 8, 2010 to July 8, 2011. The comedy is the only release currently scheduled on that date, and it is sandwiched between Transformers 3 on July 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two) on July 15.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. moved comedy Life as We Know It from the crowded Dec. 22 slot to the more manageable Oct. 8. There, the Katherine Heigl/Josh Duhamel movie will face sports drama Secretariat. Warner Bros. also announced that action thriller The Prisoners, from first time scribe Aaron Guzikowski, will no longer be released on Oct. 22. The movie is now unscheduled, as producers attempt to find a director and round out a cast that currently features Leonardo DiCaprio.

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