On the ninth day of June 2021, a well-known shout of “Hallelujah!” was suddenly heard by many unexpected ears from coast to coast who can only signal one thing: Madea is back.
Tuesday night, Tyler Perry tweeted a short video announces the return of the character who helped make him one billionaire media mogul and a household name. After portraying Madea on screen and on stage for what was originally announced as the last time in 2019, Perry will once again take the wig, glasses and pearls for a movie that will only be available on Netflix.
Netflix says the upcoming movie will be called A Madea homecoming and can be streamed in 2022.
You, like me, may be wondering why Perry decides to step into the role of the gun-toting, bad-mouthed matriarch again after saying this to CNN back in 2019:
“I’m turning 50 this year and I’m just a place in my life where I want to do things differently for the next 50,” he said. “This character has been fantastic. So many people have loved her. It’s been a big franchise. ”
As explained in his video ad – which was like his own view of that scene from Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor where Buddy Love tried and failed to suppress Sherman Klump—Perry’s reason was that the people “need to laugh, man.”
“There is too much going on in the country,” he said. “… I was done, but she’s coming back.”
That’s understandable, because he’s right. The last year or so has been straight trash.
We also all know that these Netflix checks hit a little differently, based on the company’s past relationship with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.
If the streaming giant’s front office managed to persuade him to give Madea another chance to shine from the economic aspect alone, I would not judge him in the least to agree.
We’ll see how Madea’s Netflix debut continues next year. Meanwhile, Perry is still showing his famous (and union disputed) work ethic with his infinite number of shows on TV and his work on the upcoming film A Jazzman’s Blues, which will also soon be streaming on Netflix.
May the people say “Praise the Lord.”