Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson Could Star In Next Tyler Perry Movie

The director/writer plans to adapt 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.'

On April 2, Tyler Perry will probably make another big splash at the box office when “Why Did I Get Married Too?” opens nationwide. But the writer/director is already thinking about his next project, the film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

In an interview with AOL’s Black Voices blog, Perry shared that actresses being considered for the cast included Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine and Macy Gray. IMDb also has Halle Berry, Jill Scott and Oprah Winfrey attached to the flick.

Shange’s 1975 work is based on a series of 20 poems, each of which is about a woman who is identified with a single color of the rainbow. The stories deal with a wide spectrum of topics, including love, abandonment, rape and abortion.

“Making a film of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’ is a dream come true for me,” Perry said. “Ntozake Shange’s play is a magnificent tribute to the strength and dignity of women of color, and I think audiences of all generations will be able to recognize and embrace the experiences these women represent. Creatively, this movie is one of the most exciting undertakings of my career.”

“For Colored Girls” is scheduled to shoot in June in New York, and will be released in late 2010 or early 2011.

Reps for both Jackson and Carey had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment at press time.

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