Tyler Perry, Netflix announce first-look feature film deal

A pair of Perry films are already on the way to the streaming network, including the Kerry Washington-led historical drama, "Six Triple Eight."

Get ready for more Tyler Perry on Netflix. The streaming channel has announced a first-look deal with the filmmaker-media mogul that will see him write, direct and produce feature films under a multi-year partnership.

According to a press release, the deal will include Perry’s upcoming movie, “Six Triple Eight,” which stars Kerry Washington, and the Kelly Rowland-led film, “Mea Culpa.” These, of course, are not Perry’s first collaborations there: He delivered “A Jazzman’s Blues,” “A Madea Homecoming” and “A Fall From Grace” to audiences via Netflix over the past few years.

Tyler Perry attends a screening of his Netflix film, “A Jazzman’s Blues,” at TUDUM Theater on Sept. 16, 2022, in Hollywood. Netflix has announced a first-look deal with the filmmaker and media mogul that will see him write, direct and produce feature films under a multi-year partnership. (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Netflix)

As theGrio previously reported, “Six Triple Eight” is based on the real-life story of the only all-Black, all-female battalion in World War II. The story specifically follows these 855 women, who, after joining the war effort, were given the incredible task of sorting through and fixing a “three-year backlog of undelivered mail,” per the official description.

The film also includes a star-studded cast, with Washington appearing alongside Oprah Winfrey, Susan Sarandon and more.

Perry teased the project at last year’s theGrio Awards, telling us: “I am working on a movie right now. I went and visited a few women who have an incredible story. They’re all over 100 years old. And the stories they told me were just fascinating. I can’t wait to tell the story. So, that’s what’s going on there.”

“Mea Culpa,” which pairs Rowland with actor Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight,” “Bird Box”), is a completely different story from “Six Triple Eight.” This drama centers on a criminal defense attorney “who takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.”

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