A lot of people were disappointed by Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, for various reasons. But very few have the ability to do something about it. Writer-director Tyler Perry has the wealth, power and influence to directly respond to the disappointment he felt in Scott’s open-ended philosophical discussion raised by Prometheus, though, and in a recent interview, the filmmaker says he plans to do just that.
When pressed for details, Perry clams up, only admitting that he’s “excited” by the premise. Now, raise your hand if you would have guessed, based on his previous films, that the Alien franchise was Perry’s favorite franchise. Anyone? Like you, I probably would have guessed Mrs. Doubtfire or some such cross-dressing fetish comedy. The idea of Perry attempting sci-fi strikes me as odd. Then again, Perry hasn’t really missed on anything he has tried to date. Perhaps haters could call his Oscar-bait effort For Colored Girls a disappointment, for it didn’t pull in Madea money. But in general, Perry knows his audience, and plays to them like a conductor moves a symphony.
Needless to say, the jokes flooded Twitter shortly after Perry announced his desire to make a sci-fi movie. And most – if not all – were a variation on whether or not we’d see Madea In Space. Part of me hopes that’s the reality, that Perry brings his sassy grandma to the Milky Way. But it likely won’t happen. Still, if the proven commodity Perry wants to gamble on a new genre, you can bet he’ll find a studio willing to back his effort. But will audiences show up? Would you? Let us know.
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