We have to admit, we weren’t among those jumping with excitement when we discovered Tyler Perry, a man known for his comedic stage plays and film versions, was taking on the transformative work that is Ntozake Shange’s classic stageplay For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. But as time gets closer to Perry’s big screen adaptation, there is a streak of anticipation running through our quarter-life bones.

Variety reports that the film, originally scheduled for January 2011, will be moved up to November 5.

The movie stars a sweeping all-star cast including Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray, and Tessa Thompson.

Some reports are suggesting there is early Oscar buzz, particularly for the performances of Anika Noni Rose, and on Tyler Perry himself who familiarized himself with the coveted voting community as a producer for last year’s “Precious.” The film’s new early release date will place in it the running for 2011 Oscar consideration.

“For Colored Girls” will be the first project from Perry’s new production company, 34th Street Films, which is housed at Lionsgate.

We can’t wait for the trailer to drop! What do you think about Perry’s film version? Are you checking it out at theaters?

  • http://nesheaholic.com LaNeshe

    I’m sure I’ll see it, I just hope he does it justice.

  • Tiffany

    I’m still on the fence about this one. The only thing that is gonna ease my mind is seeing the trailer for it.

  • http://nesheaholic.com LaNeshe

    I wrote an open letter post to Tyler Perry hoping he doesn’t mess this up. http://www.nesheaholic.com/2010/09/dear-tyler-perry.html

  • sophstaphunk

    I going to see it with absolutley NO expectations. I wish he’d stop putting Janet Jackson in his movies though. I don’t think her star power translates well on film.

  • dvine

    i would like to see other actresses in his movies other than the usual suspects.. but i will go out and support his film whether ppl think he’s going to mess it up or not.. give him a chance.. we talk about supporting black this and black that.. well here’s our chance.. go out and support him..

    note: i’m not a fan of all his work but most..

  • opinionatedgal

    I wish that a black, female director/producer would have taken on this re-make. I am not a fan of Perry’s work and I’m disappointed that Ntozake Shange’s work will now be mixed in with the “Perry” legacy.

  • Shan

    Agreed!!!!!! I really hope he does it justice

  • Marie

    I don’t believe in supporting any ol’ black product. I believe in supporting QUALITY black products. And after writing and directing TEN movies (I’ve seen all but “Married, Too”) I find it hard to believe that Perry has suddenly learned how to write a script that isn’t predictable, on-the nose and cliché. Perry was quoted that he spends 2 weeks on his scripts. Two weeks?!?! I doubt that any of the most accomplished screenwriters spend a mere two weeks writing a completed script. They barely have an outline done in that time!

    But we can hope…

  • Me27

    ugh…Tyler Perry? I wanted to see it but I’m torn now…Did he write the screenplay? Or is he just directing/producing? If he wrote it, then no i will not be paying for a movie ticket; i will wait for it to release on DVD. Tyler Perry’s writing skills and screenplay’s suck and I made a promise to myself to never see a tyler perry movie again…

  • Miraya

    I cant wait to see this

  • Jason

    There is no excuse for a Black woman director not to be doing this, a Julie Dash or Gina Prince-Blythewood would have been perfect. And if a man at least someone talented like Spike Lee or Lee Daniels, not a hack like Perry. His work is HORRIBLE. I see Tyler got his favorite downtrodden black woman character Kimerly Elise in it…I smell a hot-a@@ mess.

  • Shamwow

    I am not a Tyler Perry fan. AT. ALL.

    I find his work horrible, forced, cheap, poorly put together…etc…

    However, I’m going to give this movie a shot based solely on the assumption that he will recognize the importance of the original play, and take it seriously and do it some actual justice. I’m not gonna hold my breath on that, but I won’t rule it out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ebonylolita Ebonylolita

    Let us look to Tyler Perry as somebody that will transcend his “Madea” and “comedic” movies. A story needs to be told & Spike Lee did not choose to tell it, nor did F.Gary Gray or any other AA filmmaker. I’m going into this with an open mind that Tyler will do this movie justice. I haven’t read this book since HS. I will add it to my next B&N list.
    If Steven Speilburg was doing this movie no one would complain. Let’s support our Black filmmakers that are doing something positive, like this movie. !PopStyle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jared-C-Wood/1483120929 Jared C. Wood

    I must say: I do appreciate the fact that he uses black women who are under-utilized like Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, and Anika. However, he writes his women as either angels or demons, especially his older women, and his scripts are incredibly simplistic, with no nuance whatsoever. Fortunately, he is working from an amazing story already in place, so I am hoping he doesn’t “churchify” it. I don’t want to see Marvin Winans and Donnie McClurkin on the big screen in some Tyler Perry-fied baptismal scene sangin’ about colored girls who have considered suicide, thankyouverymuch.

  • http://www.3-dolls.com 3 D.O.L.L.S.

    Hmmm…I’ve never seen the play (need to do some research), but I will definitely be interested to see the movie.

  • sloane

    me too.

  • binks

    I agree. I’ am not his biggest fan but the movie sounds interesting so I will check it out. If it is good then great if it is not oh well…but the actresses he pick are wonderful so that is worth checking it out

  • Keebo

    lol lol my thoughts exactly.

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  • Jussayn

    It sounds interesting. I’ve never seen the play or read the book, but the cast list makes me want to check it out. I’m not a TP fan, but he stays making movies which in and of itself it quite a feat for a Black producer/director.

    I wish these Black actors/producers/directors would pool their $ together and create a studio and start financing more stuff for ‘us’ or at least made by us starring us. I don’t even go to the movies that much any more…

  • http://capriciousdevotee.blogspot.com/ TheCapriciousDevotee

    Ick…I’m skeptical, very skeptical…

    We shall see.

  • http://capriciousdevotee.blogspot.com/ TheCapriciousDevotee

    I second your entire comment….:)

  • Beautifuldaidreamer

    Ahh, here’s where my comment needs to go:

    I think Debbie Allen would have done a great job with “For Colored Girls.” Matter of fact, Jasmine Guy directed the play when it was here in Atlanta, and I think her vision was beautifully concepted. Hell, why did T.P. get this again??

  • Orlando

    If it wasnt for the fact the Janet is in this, I doubt I would see it.

  • Orlando

    If it wasnt for the fact that Janet is in this, I doubt I would see it.

  • Cookie

    Please stop hating on WHO is in the film and WHO did and didn’t directed it ! We have GOT to learn to stop being crabs in a barrel. For those of you who don’t like who is in it or who directed it, why don’t you try next time ! DAM !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yolanda-Lewis/529938518 Yolanda Lewis

    I am looking forward to it. Love the cast! I hope Tyler does get recognized for this.

  • http://clutchmagonline.com brown sugga

    What’s all the hating on Tyler Perry all about? That’s why we as African Americans can’t seem to advance any further than what we do because we’re our worst critics. Tyler Perry could have taken a entirely path in life (based on how he was raised in New Orleans); it’s by the grace of God that he turned out as successful as he did. He could be strung out on drugs or doing the same things to other people that was done to him. We really need to stop putting one another down as black people and starting supporting. If you must be critical, then do so out of love!

  • Gail

    Well said!

  • Akai (Akai.Santiago@Yahoo)

    I think most of Tyler Perry’s work is cur-rate, but I also feel there is a need for the Tyler Perry’s of the industry.

  • Akai (Akai.Santiago@Yahoo)

    Correction: “cut-rate”

  • Interested

    I very much want to see this film. I am a 100% supporter of Black women/girl’s stories being told.

  • Isis

    I’m definitely gonna check it out. As long as its not that Madea crap, I’ll give it a chance

  • favored

    I agree as long as the work is good why does it matter if Tyler Perry did this movie or not he does great work his movies uplift people I could see if he made movies where black people were getting shot up all the time but he makes movies with a message its up to you too listen & understand and if you don’t like his work don’t watch it’s sad when a black director & writer can’t get good reviews due to hater’s I admire his work he could be doing something a lot worst

  • http://antiintellect.wordpress.com Anti-Intellect

    Let us not forget that two talented women are producing the movie as well. Tyler is directing but Shange wrote the screenplay as well as another talented black sista.

    This one is in good hands. It’s a team effort to get a story out there that we all need to see.

  • CupCake

    I seriously don’t understand the hatred towards Tyler. He should be commended for doing what black people in the USA and UK need to do more; that is he created opportunities for himself and for others. How many black people are doing that nowadays? Instead of complaining that we are not being represented in top positions (whether that be in the media or in the corporate world) we need to be the sailors of our own ships and start creating our own businesses, directing our own plays and movies. That’s exactly what Tyler Perry has done and instead of tearing him down we need to encourage each other to do more.

    I will definately be seeing For Coloured Girls- looks like an interesting film and I absolutely love the cast especially Phalycia Rashad who is lovely in person.

  • Brit

    nobody has a problem with TP creating opportunities. i just think he could do with getting some writers, better actors [or at least acting lessons for these folks he repeatedly insists on using], and help with directing. the vast majority of his productions are sub-par in these aspects. it works for those $10 church plays, but on the screen, it’s uncomfortably lacking. all that said, i’d like to say i’ll support the movie when i comes out, but i’ll probably wait for it to hit the redbox.

  • Rachael

    Why do we have to be crabs in a barrel if we don’t like Tyler Perry? I don’t have to like him because he’s black. I haven’t liked most of his movies, I don’t find them funny and I cannot relate to them on any level. It’s evident why he’s successful and directors like Spike Lee and the Hughes Brothers still have to beg to get movies produced. He made the kind of movies that Hollywood wants to see us in. I will go and see this movie because it was a great book and the cast is a good one as well, in spite of the fact that its directed by Tyler Perry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kanika-/100000531851239 Kanika أميرة

    I agree with your assessment…I commend TP for creating jobs for black actors, but let’s face it, his movies are pretty coonish. However, I hope he does “For Coloured Girls” justice.

  • http://sweetilocks.blogspot.com Sweetilocks

    Frankly, the problem with Tyler Perry is his writing is crap (which makes good actors look bad, hence Idris Elba, Angela Bassett, and the list goes on) and his storylines run rampant with stereotypes about black men and women. Sorry to seem like a crab in a barrel, but there are way more talented black writers who paint a more realistic and COMPLEX portrayal of black folks than Tyler Perry ever has. And thas the whole point! His characters are as one-dimensional as billboards. There is very little depth, growth or honest feeling in his films.

    Ntozake Shange is one of those writers, thus, we “crabs” are concerned about Perry’s ability to convey the depth of character that he has never achieved in any of his screenplays or stage plays. It takes true artistry that he has yet to demonstrate. So it’s not that he can’t produce, it’s that he’s relied on the easy, stereotypical route for the duration of his career so often that he probably doesn’t feel a need to present complex and multi-dimensional characters in any of his works. I admit, I was a bit concerned upon hearing the news about this, but after seeing “Precious” I am withholding judgement. Hopefully, the creative powers that be won’t outweigh or overshadow the “transformative” experience that this play has been for many women over the years. And hopefully, the Tyler Perry formula will be reserved for Tyler-Perry-as-star projects.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/kiamuze Kia Muze

    How could this NOT be great? Look at the source material and look at the ladies who have been cast!!! It’s gonna be a great awards season I am predicting.

  • Lola

    As a black person in the arts I’m getting really sick of black folks who support dumbed down, sub par work just because it’s a “black production.” Sorry that’s just not good enough! Tyler Perry films cater to the lowest possible common denominator-they are not thought provoking, and are designed for really simple minded individuals. Personally I take it as an insult. He would have NEVER been able to make Precious!

  • alexaelle

    I completely relate to this post. I’m so sick of people thinking that just because my skin is the same color as someone else’s I must agree with and support everything they say or do. Well I don’t. I have a mind of my own and I can say that in my opinion, Tyler Perry’s movies are completely over rated in the black community. If a white director made movies like his that person would be seen in a completely different light than Tyler is shone in.

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  • http://www.digitalconceptvideo.com Willie

    Once again this is why blacks will always be on the bottom. As a educated black man, I enjoy all types of entertainment. IF this book is so big why have no other black director stepped up to bring it to the big screen. We have the right to like and dislike anything but blacks seem to want to keep each other down. For some one to say that I’m a simple minded individual cause I like his movies they are the simple minded individual. To do put a person down cause they like certain things you don’t, you are the type of person I don’t want to know.
    Black people come in all shape and sizes. We will never be put in one class.

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  • Dawnn

    I love this play, I and I hope it translates well on film. We know for sure that this film is not lacking in talent. I love Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, and especially Phylicia Rahsad.

    I WILL be supporting this film!! ..Can’t wait!

  • http://lifeofapetiteartist.wordpress.com Epiphanie

    I just checked the trailer out today on AOL Black Voices page and I have to say I’m rather excited for this production. It looks as though Mr. Perry might have tapped into a greater sense of directorial muse with this film.

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