If you would have told me ten years ago that Tyler Perry would be ending his ‘Madea’ character/films before the Fast & Furious franchise ends, I’d say you were crazy.
But it looks like Perry knows when to stop, unlike Vin Diesel & company. Perry debuted the character back in 1999, and since then, Madea has starred in dozens of films, plays and even had several television appearances. It’s safe to say, the Madea franchise has made Perry a very wealthy man.
Perry is ready to move on, though. During a recent interview on Bevy Smith’s SiriusXM show, the filmmaker announced he will be doing a farewell stage tour for the character, and 2019’s ‘Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral‘ will be the final movie.
“I’m happy to kill that old bitch, I’m tired, man. I just don’t want to be her age, playing her.”
He and his team actually finished shooting the film two years ago. They wanted to put the film behind the Halloween specials in 2016 and 2017.
“Spanning 10 installments, the Madea film franchise has garnered more than $500 million worldwide. Madea was first introduced in Perry’s 1999 play ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself.’ He has said she was based on his own mother.”
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral is set to hit theaters March 1, 2019.