In 2005, actor and comedian, Tyler Perry donned a wig, glasses, and makeup to play the role of Mabel ‘Madea’ Simmons for the romantic comedy, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The film was a hit, but it was Perry’s character in particular who really struck a chord with audiences, and she quickly became the focus of the sequel, Madea’s Family Reunion (2006).
Over the next few years, more films followed, all with Madea taking centre stage, and the most recent entry in the series was 2019’s A Madea Family Funeral. The film – written and directed by Tyler Perry – was produced on a budget of $20 million, and took just over $74.8 million at the box office.
But although the movie was a financial hit, in terms of its critical reception A Madea Family Funeral did not fair so well. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics and currently holds an underwhelming rating of 4.5/10on IMDb.
And since it made its debut, there have been no additional Madea films, prompting many fans to ask if there will be any more Madea movies in the future? And if you’ve been asking this question yourself, then here is the answer…
There are currently no plans for any further Madea movies. A Madea Family Funeral was the final entry in the film series, and no additional movies are in the pipeline.
However, if you feel that A Madea Family Funeral wasn’t quite the right send-off you were hoping for, then you should probably be aware that this wasn’t the character’s grand finale.
In 2020, Tyler Perry returned to the role of Madea for one last time, but on the stage rather than on film. The production was Madea’s Farewell Tour – a stage play starring Cassi Davis, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Kwaylon Rogers, Alexis Hollins, Anthony Lewis, Jacobi Brown, Ashlee B. Gillum, Walter H. Fauntleroy, Kendrick Mays, RaVaughn Brown, and of course, Tyler Perry.
As well as acting in the play, Perry wrote and directed the production, which was performed in May (during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic). Perry served as an executive producer on the show, alongside Michelle Sneed and Mark Swinton, and got to say goodbye to Madea while surrounded by fan-favourite characters from the movies.
If you missed the show, don’t worry – the production was filmed, so you can still check it out. It is currently available to stream through the BET+ channel in the US, which can be accessed as an add-on channel, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber.
Perry has now officially retired the character, with both A Madea Family Funeral and Madea’s Farewell Tour acting as swansongs for the film and stage series respectively. In years to come, he may dust off the Madea wig for a comeback, but for now, this is it.
If you’re a fan of Madea, or you’re just getting into the Madea movies, then you may wish to know that a set of Madea plays are available on DVD in the US.
The plays are grouped together in the Region 1 Tyler Perry 4-Play Collection, which includes I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea’s Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and Madea’s Family Reunion.
The Tyler Perry 4-Play Collection is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.
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