Now comes the news of a new deal with Lionsgate, the company that is reaping the rewards of Madea's tremendous popularity: Perry will write, produce, and direct a drag-free new project called Daddy's Little Girl for the studio. The movie is a reverse take on the Cinderella story in which "a young, beautiful, successful female attorney...falls in love with a janitor and single father of three daughters." Though her dad, inevitably, objects - hence the title - everything works out ok in the end. (Clearly I'm really stupid, because this doesn't sound anything like Cinderella to me. Where are the nasty step-sisters/brothers? The evil stepmother?)
Because Perry is just that big of a cash cow, Lionsgate are pushing this one ahead at lightning speed - they hope to start shooting by June, and have the movie in theaters less than a year from now.