The recent fire that broke out at Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios was caused by “careless smoking,” according to The Associated Press. Although the blaze was the direct result of human error, there are currently no charges pending at the time of this writing.
The fire, which took authorities over an hour to get under control, caused extensive damage to the property, though the internal integrity of the affected buildings has reportedly not been compromised. This is the second blaze at Tyler’s studios that firefighters have had to tackle this year. In May, a fire broke out on one of the backlots, which caused six-story flames to rise into the air. The origin of this particular fire is still unknown.
Although the fires will certainly set Perry’s company back a bit, the writer, director, and actor still has a number of project on-track for next year. The Marriage Counselor, which features reality television star Kim Kardashian, is currently scheduled to hit theaters next March. The prolific filmmaker is also preparing to write and direct Take My Wife starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
This fall, Summit Entertainment will release Alex Cross, the latest motion picture to chronicle the adventures of James Patterson’s literary hero. Although Morgan Freeman famously portrayed the character in two previous films, Perry will tackle the role this time around. The movie also stars Edward Burns, Matthew Fox, John C. McGinley, Cicely Tyson, and Carmen Ejogo. Presently, the flick is slated for release in North America on October 19.
The Playlist reports that Perry may also have a science fiction picture in the works. During an interview, Tyler revealed that he didn’t care much for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which may or may not have prompted him to begin work on his own like-minded endeavor.
“I’m actually working on a sci-fi movie right now,” he said. “I’m writing a sci-fi movie that I’m really excited about.”
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