Tyler Perry appears to be ready to invite others into his writers’ room.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Perry said he is ready to bring in writers and directors to help him work on his plethora of TV shows.
“My plan is to relinquish to a lot more directors and writers to take over a lot of these shows that I’ve started,” he said while also stating that he will be “the volume guy”–the man behind cranking out all of his series solo–for “about three or four more years.”
"It's going to be more of me overseeing, rather than doing the hands-on work," he continued.
“For the past six weeks, I was in the mountains. I wrote 72 episodes of television–just me in a room by myself, sitting out there, looking at the moose and the mountains. I treat it like a job. Every morning, after I work out, I start writing at 7 and don’t finish until 7 in the evening. I do that every day until it’s done. I love it. And I love directing for 12- or 15-hour days. But I realize there’s so much more that I could be doing if I were to hand some of the other stuff off–rather than doing it all myself.”
The new position is a reversal of Perry’s notoriously staunch opposition to including writers’ rooms on his series, opting to write every script for every series himself. He was famously taken to task over this by social media and even Lil Rel Howery after posting a self-congratulatory Twitter video of him in 2020 with his mountain of scripts.
While a representative for Perry has commented last year about Perry leaning towards hiring writers, this is the first time Perry himself has talked about handing over the writing reins to other people.
Perry was also in trouble with House of Payne TV writers in 2008, who filed an “unfair labor practice complaint” by the Writers Guild of America West.
They allege they were fired because they were seeking union representation. According to the complaint, Perry also allegedly didn’t sign a WGA contract to provide writers with health care and pension plans. Perry’s attorneys stated at the time that the firings were over the “quality of their work,” not because of a request for union contracts.