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Tyler Perry Taking Indefinite Break From Stage To Focus On 'Some Major Projects' (Like What?)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 13, 2012 at 5:30PM

I don’t know if you remember this or not, but around 2005 I took off from touring my Madea plays for about 5 years. During that time, I was working mostly on movies and TV shows. Well, as much as I love to be out on stage and doing a live Madea show, the time has come again for me to take a long break from the stage. I have some major projects that I'm working on that will require a lot of my time and effort. Just know that I did not want to stop this tour until I had hit as many cities as possible. So I'm going to finish out this Fall leg of the tour and then take a long break.
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Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry

I don’t know if you remember this or not, but around 2005 I took off from touring my Madea plays for about 5 years. During that time, I was working mostly on movies and TV shows. Well, as much as I love to be out on stage and doing a live Madea show, the time has come again for me to take a long break from the stage. I have some major projects that I'm working on that will require a lot of my time and effort. Just know that I did not want to stop this tour until I had hit as many cities as possible. So I'm going to finish out this Fall leg of the tour and then take a long break.

Words from Tyler Perry in a message to his fans via his website, today. 

So, he's taking a long break from the stage, much to the chagrin of his fans I'm sure. 

You'll recall that I've long wondered how in the world he balances all the varied projects he seems to work on simultaneously, in TV, film and stage. I suppose he wants to do as much as he can, while he can; although it all seems to be catching up with him, as he's now taking an extended break (who knows, maybe it'll be a permanent one) from one of his cash-cows.

Of course, reading the above quote, the sentence that caught my attention was: "I have some major projects that I'm working on that will require a lot of my time and effort."

So... what could these "major projects" he mentions be? Immediately, I remembered that he was launching his own TV network, although no word on when exactly it'll make its debut. However, I'm sure that's quite a load to carry, as he builds and preps for it.

What else? He did say in an interview at the end of June that he was working on a sci-fi movie at the time, after expressing disappointment with Prometheus. Although he didn't say what we can expect from his planned adventure into sci-fi. But that could also certainly be a major project, as sci-fi films tend to be. 

What else? Dancing With The Stars alum William Levy revealed about a month ago that he'll be starring in an upcoming Tyler Perry movie - a romantic comedy, that he said would begin shooting in September. However, less than a month from September, there has been no official announcement of a project.

And looking over his IMDBPro page, the only definite project listed that Perry has yet to shoot is Take My Wife, which was announced last year, and which he's supposed to star alongside Dwayne "The RockJohnson. The story centers on a recently-divorced man who tries to avoid paying alimony, by grooming another dude to become his ex's new husband. Tyler Perry is listed as writer and director as well; although it's not known which of the 2 men he'll play.

Something tells me we're going to be hit with an unexpected project announcement from Mr Perry in coming months, with Alex Cross opening in October.

Any other guesses? Anyone know something we don't?

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