Lionsgate has tapped Tyler Perry to write, direct and produce an adaptation of the 1975 play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” written by Ntozake Shange.
According to Variety.com, Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film, the first project for Perry’s 34th Street Films production company, housed at Lionsgate. Paul Hall (“Pride”) is also producing.
“For Colored Girls” will begin shooting in Atlanta in November, with Lionsgate planning a release next year. The play is a series of 20 poems telling stories of love, abandonment, domestic abuse and other issues faced by black women.