With this week's seventh film in the ever-expanding Madea franchise, "Madea's Witness Protection," Tyler Perry has taken his gun-toting, sass-talking granny character to new levels of absurdity. What's next, "Madea Vs. Aliens?"
Perry talked to BlackFilm about the movies that influenced him most, and the "Star Trek" supporting player brought up his unabashed love of science fiction… while dissing Ridley Scott's recent return to the genre.
"I love Sci Fi, I love the 'Alien' movies and the 'Alien' franchise," said Perry. "I was very disappointed with 'Prometheus,' but I love that whole franchise. Those are my favorite movies. I’m actually working on a sci-fi movie right now."
When pressed for further details on the subject Mr. Perry was not too forthcoming.
"No, but I’m writing a sci-fi movie that I’m really excited about," he confirmed.
Given Perry's penchant for moralizing, dressing in drag, and having his own Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios at his command, we can only imagine what sort of amazing Afro-centric science fiction masterpiece he is capable of conjuring.
"Alien Vs. Predator Vs. Madea" could be a pretty formidable cross-franchise mind melter. Aliens may have acid for blood and Predators can turn invisible, but Madea is a kung fu master with that handbag of hers.
In all likelihood, he's probably working on something original, but you never know. Maybe all "John Carter" needs is a few slaps upside the head to sell more tickets...