He is Back Again:
Tyler Perry I Can Do Ball All By Myself
By: Warren Jones
Tyler Perry never quit although he was homeless. He was working at an office job in 1991 when he watched “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (Syndicated, 1986- ) that talked about the healing powers of writing. Perry picked up a pen and began chronicling his painful past, fictionalizing the names in case his family or friends happened upon it. He adapted his dramatic journal into a play called “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which addressed the issue of domestic abuse. Eager to see the play come to life, Perry took his life savings, $12,000, and moved to Atlanta, GA. He rented a theater, and staged “I Know I’ve Been Changed” in 1992. The first offering of the unknown playwright failed to attract audiences and was a heartbreaking financial failure.
Perry stayed on in Atlanta and took on a series of odd jobs including working at a restaurant and selling used cars. Hard times hit in 1997 with Perry having to live in his car, but the following year things turned around with an offer to stage “I Know I’ve Been Changed” a second time at Atlanta’s House of Blues. Perry was wiser about the business this time around, and by heavily promoting the show in advance at area black churches, he managed to bring in huge crowds and sell out his first run of performances. In just two weeks, the play was moved to the city’s famed Fox Theater and continued to sell out, eventually drawing the attention of investors who found ways to market the show more heavily. The show hit the road and Perry built a following on the gospel theater circuit, selling out in Dallas, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
On September 11th Tyler Perry will once again have a new release. He is back with another classic story. After having mega hits with all of his movies that include Diary of a Mad Black Women 2005, Madea’s Family Reunion 2006, Daddy’s Little Girls 2006, Why Did I get Married 2007, The Family That Preys 2008, Meet the Browns 2008, and Madea Goes to Jail 2009.
The movie is I Can Do Bad All Myself and will star Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Brian White, Adam Rodriguez, and of course Tyler Perry as Madea & Uncle Joe. Given his skill at making hugely successful blockbusters and movies that millions of moviegoers love, it makes sense that Tyler Perry has been able to snag some increasingly high-profile talent for his movie
He’s already bringing back Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, who starred in The Family That Preys, and now singer Mary J. Blige is joining the cast of I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
The movie will be an adaptation of one of Perry’s earlystage plays. Blige will play a nightclub manager and singer who is friend’s with Henson’s character. The movie will be filming at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta for a Sept. 11 release this fall.
As always it is being marketed heavily on television and being done by word of mouth. As soon as people hear about his next movie people already started talking about it and look forward to attending on the opening weekend. As always it will be the # 1 hit when it is released that weekend and my prediction is that it will make over 125 million in the movie cinema.