The Next Move For Tyler Perry’s Empire.
Since he came on the scene over 20 years ago with his heart wrenching and hilarious stage plays turned box office hits, Tyler Perry has owned the movie market for predominantly black audiences across the nation. A self-made millionaire, Perry has certainly made his mark on cinema whether recognized by Hollywood’s elite and prestigious or not.
The genius of Tyler Perry doesn’t begin and end with stage plays and movies. He has also made his mark in the world of television sitcoms. Teaming up with dear friend, Oprah Winfrey, her OWN network houses several of Perry’s original sitcoms, with “The Have and the Have Nots” leading the pack.
Killing Off Madea
Perhaps his strongest claim to fame is his unforgettable, God-fearing, gun-toting, loud talking, feisty character Madea. She has taught many lessons and viewers have welcomed her into their homes and hearts as if she were family. This may be why it has come as an extreme shock to many to learn that Perry will be killing off this well-known character. Announced just days ago, Tyler shared in an interview with Bevy Smith on her SiriusXM radio show that, in so many words, it’s time for the old hag to bite the dust. Madea’s final film appearance, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, is set to be released March 1, 2019.
The news has created quite a buzz and some extremely disheartened and disgruntled viewers have shared their unhappiness via social media outlets. Conversely, others whole-heartedly believe it’s time for the masculine old heifer to meet her maker. I mean, let’s face it, not ALL black people enjoy this over-the-top character. Some share the same negative connotative sentiments as the notable film director Spike Lee. Nonetheless, one can’t argue or deny the fact that Madea has made Perry millions.
So, what will Perry do next? Well, he will continue to do what he’s been doing all along- acting and making films. Fred DeVito’s quote may shed light on Perry’s recent decision to ax infamous character, Madea. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Perhaps Perry is seeking a greater challenge for his career beyond the fictitious Madea. Surely Tyler’s audience will stick by his side for his future endeavors. He will remain at the top of his game; he’s nobody’s fool.