With A Madea Family Funeral opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Tyler Perry to talk about saying farewell to his most lucrative franchise. While you might not have noticed, over the past thirteen years, Perry made eight Madea movies and they’ve grossed almost five hundred million dollars. On top of that, his nineteen films have cumulatively grossed over $864 million at the North American box office alone. It’s an amazing achievement.
With the massive success of the Madea character, I was curious why now was the right time to say goodbye, what it’s like owning a 330-acre movie studio in Georgia, if he was nervous to buy the property, the importance of the Georgia tax credit in bringing productions to the State, and more. In addition, a few years ago Perry worked with David Fincher on Gone Girl, so I was curious about what he took away from working with one of the best directors on the planet.
Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is a breakdown of exactly what we talked about.
- What was it like talking to his accountant when he told them he was ending the Madea franchise?
Why retire Madea now?
- What is it like owning a 330-acre movie studio?
- The Georgia tax credit.
- How nervous was he signing the contract?
- What did he take away from working with David Fincher?
- Whose idea was it to do three shows in one day on the comedy tour?
Here’s the official A Madea Family Funeral synopsis:
A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.