Tyler Perry to Helm For Colored Girls Film

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Writer-director Tyler Perry will pen a screen adaptation of the Tony-nominated Ntozake Shange play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry

Variety reports that Perry will also direct and produce the film for Lionsgate; Paul Hall is co-producer. (Nzingha Stewart had previously been attached to the project). Filming, according to the industry paper, will begin in November in Atlanta. A 2010 release is planned.

Casting has yet to be announced.

Filmmaker Perry's "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" is scheduled to open Sept. 11, and "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" will arrive in April 2010.

The 1974 Obie-winning and Tony Award-nommed For Colored Girls played The Public Theater and jumped to Broadway 1976-78, with playwright Shange playing one of seven women who "reveal themselves, their lives, loves, hardships, and ultimately their discovery of strength and love."

The production was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award, and actress Trazana Beverley won a Tony in the category of Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play). The original Broadway company also featured Laurie Carlos, Risë Collins, Aku Kadogo, Janet League, Paula Moss and Ntozake Shange.

A 1982 TV version starred Shange, Laurie Carlos, Trazana Beverly, Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield.

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