Tyler Perry To Remake “Miss Granny”
Business is booming for Tyler Perry. The director/actor/producer is collaborating with CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment conglomerate, to produce the English remake of Korean hit film “Miss Granny.” The production will target the African-American community.
“Miss Granny” is a body-swap romantic comedy featuring a 70-year-old woman who transforms into a young woman in her 20s. It was released in January 2014 in Korea and earned $53.7 million from 8.65 million admissions, before going on to be remade in Chinese and Vietnamese. CJ said in a statement,
We could not find a partner more suitable for the English-language remake of ‘Granny,’ than Tyler Perry Studio. We expect to see a great English remake, as the company is very strong at making comedies with family bonds at their core.
Tyler Perry (real name Emmitt Perry Jr.) wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. Perry is known for both creating and performing as the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman. Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays, and others professionally filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008. Many of Perry’s stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional films.
Perry has also created several television shows, his most successful of which is Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, a show that ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012.
On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN network, Perry having had previous success in this department.
Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, the most successful being The Haves and the Have Nots. As of 2014, The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date.