Tyler Perry feature “Mea Culpa” will film in Chicago

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry

Before we start preparing our resumes and celebrating a new film in town, realize that it’s Tyler Perry. The Mea Culpa production office is already up and running at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

We know very little about the production other than it is written by Tyler Perry and he will direct the film. Kelly Rowland is producing so it is likely we will see her in front of the camera as well. The filming dates are set at March 6-24 and the location is Atlanta and Chicago.

We presume that the production will be filmed primarily in Atlanta with a few days in Chicago.

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We welcome Tyler Perry, who is no stranger to Chicago. In fact he feels a deep, long-lasting positive connection to Chicago because it’s “where Madea got her start.”

Perry’s creation of the character Madea began on September 28, 1999 during a performance of the play, I Can Do Bad All by Myself. It was written, produced and directed by Perry, and premiered at the New Regal Theatre at 79th and Stony Island. At the opening of the play, when an actor did a no show, Perry jumped in and played the role — and Madea was born.

“I’ll never forget it, said Perry. “The audiences there were always so giving, always so loving. I played that theater many, many nights — for years and years, before it closed down.”

The outspoken but kind-hearted grandmother is known for her over-the-top, blunt attitude, and big heart. Perry, who dons the dress of the brassy matriarch, in now a dozen films, said the character has evolved over the years. “I do try to stay true to what it was originally, because people love her for that — and how she will say such funny, outlandish things,” he said. “But I also want her today to have a little more wisdom in what she shares.”

Tyler Perry also filmed in Chicago, for about four days in 2008, with his dramedy Meet the Browns.

We will update this story when we received more information on the filming of Mea Culpa.


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