Mike Fleming

Tyler Perry’s monogamous relationship with Lionsgate will be interrupted this year when he stars in I, Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment. But Perry and Lionsgate have renewed their vows with a new multi-year deal that will see him continue as the indie’s franchise figure for years to come. Lionsgate has extended its first-look partnership with Perry and his 34th Street Films banner for films and DVD. That continues a lucrative relationship that began with the 2005 hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman and continued with a series of hits that Perry writes, directs, produces, stars in, and owns. The extension comes as Perry receives the Visionary Award for film making at CinemaCon tonight.

Lionsgate will continue to distribute Perry’s films–Madea’s Big Happy Family and the Perry-produced We The Peeples are in the can–and the agreement covers future projects that include two more revolving around Perry’s matriarch Madea character. WME and attorney Matt Johnson made the deal.