Tyler Perry, creator and star of the “Madea” movie franchise, May 12 announced in a statement from ViacomCBS unit BET that he would resume production on the second seasons of two original TV series July 8 at his studio in Atlanta. Perry becomes one of the first Hollywood movie and TV executives to announce post-coronavirus production plans.
“BET is committed to investing in quality programming from top industry power players and giving viewers more of the content they love and expect from the brand across our platforms,” Scott Mills, president of BET, said in a separate statement.
Perry’s series “Sistas,” about a group of single black women dealing with love and friendship, and “The Oval,” showcasing fictional life in the White House, are filmed on the actor/producer’s 330-acre converted army facility (acquired in 2015) that includes housing, greenspace and 12 sound stages.
Georgia in April became the first state to re-open select businesses, including movie theaters, despite the ongoing pandemic that has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States.
In an interview last month with Deadline, Perry outlined how he would sequester cast and crew on his studio grounds, among other safeguards, during production to minimize any potential spread of COVID-19.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release director Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell through digital retailers March 3, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 17.
Based on the true story of events surrounding the bombing of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the film stars Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) as Richard Jewell, the security guard who discovers a bomb in Centennial Olympic Park. Despite saving numerous lives by moving people away before it detonates, he becomes the FBI’s top suspect and is vilified by the press and public when details of the investigation are leaked.
The cast also includes Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney, Watson Bryant; Olivia Wilde as Atlanta-Journal Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, who broke the story; Jon Hamm as the lead FBI investigator; and Kathy Bates, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jewell’s mother.
The film earned $22.3 million at the domestic box office.
The Richard Jewell DVD and Blu-ray will include the featurette “The Real Story of Richard Jewell.” The Blu-ray will also include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Richard Jewell.” The Blu-ray and DVD will also contain a redeemable code for a digital copy of the movie from participating retailers.