Tyler Perry looking to revamp Madea film franchise by taking character back in time

Tyler Perry is considering taking his beloved Madea character back in time to revamp the movie franchise. The actor/director will retire his challenging pensioner after new movie A Madea Family Funeral, but he isn’t killing off the character completel…

Tyler Perry is considering taking his beloved Madea character back in time to revamp the movie franchise.

The actor/director will retire his challenging pensioner after new movie A Madea Family Funeral, but he isn’t killing off the character completely, and is hatching plans to revisit her in the 1970s.

“That’s an idea that I’m thinking of doing,” Perry told Entertainment Tonight. “Letting it go back to the 70s and seeing an actress actually play her in that time… I got some people in mind, but we’ll see.”

Perry has played Madea in 11 films, which began with Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005. His final outing as the character will hit cinemas on Friday (01Mar19).

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter,” Perry added. “I’m turning 50 this year and I don’t want to be her age, playing her.”

The final Madea outing comes hot on the heels of Tyler’s performance in filmmaker Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated movie Vice, for which he was transformed into former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the star reveals he actually reached out to former President George W. Bush’s one-time cabinet member to seek his permission before taking on the role.

“It was pretty surreal,” Tyler confessed on U.S. breakfast show Today. “There are not a lot of living African-American heroes, so before I said, ‘I’m going to do this’, I wanted to call and say, ‘Is this OK?'”

Powell, who was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State, couldn’t have been more receptive to the idea, much to Perry’s delight.

“It was really, really powerful,” he shared of their talk. “He sent me his book (memoir); we had a great conversation. It was pretty good to be able to pick up the phone and call.”

Powell served under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.

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