Lionsgate Wants Tyler Perry Double Dip

Tyler Perry has made a lot of money for Lionsgate and now the studio wants more.

The company as acquired the rights to Perry's next two films, "Why Did I Get Married" and "A Jazz Man's Blues," productions that will follow the Feb. 3 release of "Daddy's Little Girls," the writer-director-producer-star's latest.

"Lionsgate is my family, the home for all my movies and videos," Perry says. "And they've given me exactly what you want in a home: a supportive environment and the room to grow."

"Daddy's Little Girls" follows the blockbuster success of 2005's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and 2006's "Madea's Family Reunion." The box office for both films shocked the mainstream media, but came as no surprise to the audiences that filled theaters for Perry's many wildly popular plays.

"We're very proud to continue our association with Tyler Perry, one of the most unique, dynamic and successful talents at work today," says Michael Paseornek, Lionsgate's president of film production. "Tyler has achieved so much in such a short period of time, and we look forward to celebrating yet more successes with him."

The premiere of "Daddy's Little Girls" will take place at the latest byproduct of Perry's success, a 60,000 square foot, full-service Atlanta production and editing facility called Tyler Perry Studios.

Perry shot "Daddy's Little Girls" at the studio, along with his new syndicated offering "House of Payne." Perry hopes to shoot "Married," an adaptation of his play, this winter, followed by "Jazz" next summer.