Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Team Up for Big Screen Version of Landmark Play FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF



    
    Perry To Direct, Produce And Write First Project For His 34th Street Films
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    Studio Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights

    Principal Photography Begins Late Fall 2009 For Expected 2010 Release







    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 3 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE  (NYSE:   LGF), the
leading next generation studio, announced today that it has acquired worldwide
distribution rights to filmmaker Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange's
award-winning 1975 play FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE
RAINBOW IS ENUF.  Perry will write, direct and produce.  The film will be the
first project for 34th Street Films, Perry's new production company, which is
housed at Lionsgate.  Paul Hall (PRIDE) also produces.  The announcement was
jointly made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and
Motion Picture Group President, and Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate President of
Motion Picture Production.

    FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
will feature an all-star cast of female actors.  Principal photography is
scheduled to begin in Atlanta in November 2009 and continue through December
2009.  Lionsgate plans to release the film in 2010.

    FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
will be the tenth title in Lionsgate's ongoing franchise with filmmaker Perry,
and it is Perry's first film to be based on non-original material.  The
franchise's eighth title, TYLER PERRY'S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF, opens
nationwide on September 11, followed by the opening of TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I
GET MARRIED TOO? on April 2, 2010.  Perry is also a co-presenter and executive
producer, with Oprah Winfrey, of Lee Daniels's Sundance Film Festival
award-winner PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE, which Lionsgate
is releasing in November.

    Said Paseornek, "We are thrilled to see Tyler take the helm on FOR
COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF.  From the
very beginning of his career, Tyler has told compelling stories about women's
lives, and he has created a memorable gallery of multidimensional female
characters.  He is an ideal person to bring Ntozake Shange's play to the
screen, and this movie will be a major treat for audiences across the board."

    Commented Perry, "Making a film of FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED
SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF is a dream come true for me. Ntozake Shange's
play is a magnificent tribute to the strength and dignity of women of color,
and I think audiences of all generations will be able to recognize and embrace
the experiences these women represent. Creatively, this movie is one of the
most exciting undertakings of my career, and I'm excited to start production
this November."

    The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Paseornek and Robert Melnik,
Lionsgate Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs;  and by Charles
King of WME and Matthew Johnson of Ziffren Brittenham, on behalf of the
filmmakers.
    

    SYNOPSIS

    
    FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
brings to the screen Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play, a poetic
exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world.
    

    ABOUT 34th  STREET FILMS
    
    34th Street Films was formed in September 2008 as a subsidiary of Tyler
Perry Studios to produce projects under the Tyler Perry umbrella, with a focus
on expanding the brand via projects written and directed by outside talent.
    

    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong
and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion
pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a
strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast
network series, production, distribution and syndication of programming
through Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH
Entertainment and an array of channel platforms, including its partnership
with One Equity Partners and Allen Shapiro in TV Guide Network and TV
Guide.com, its partnership with Viacom and MGM in the multiplatform premium
channel Epix, its partnership with Sony and Comcast in the branded horror
channel FEARnet and its recent launch of the KIX action channel and the Thrill
horror/suspense channel in Asia.  Its feature film business achieved a record
box office performance in the January-March 2009 quarter, driven by the
success of TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D and THE
HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. The Company's home entertainment business has grown
to more than 7% market share and leads the industry in its box office-to-DVD
revenue conversion rate.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library
of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an
important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the
growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains
synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the
world.
    

    www.lionsgate.com

    

    For further information, contact:

    
    Sarah Greenberg
    310-255-3856
    sgreenberg@lionsgate.com
    


    For corporate inquiries, please contact:

    
    Peter D. Wilkes
    310-255-3726
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com





    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856,
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com, or corporate inquiries, Peter D. Wilkes,
+1-310-255-3726, pwilkes@lionsgate.com, both of Lionsgate Web Site:
http://www.lionsgate.com


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