Janet Jackson Signs Film Production Deal

Janet Jackson has just added another check mark to her long-lasting career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the R&B superstar has signed a production deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and produce a feature film for the independent studio.

Ms. Jackson, who is currently on her “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal” world tour, says movies have always been her first love.

“Many people forget I started out as an actor,” she tells THR. “I have been fortunate to work in the film industry, though not as much as I would like. I have a passion for storytelling, and have been doing it through my music for some time.”

Jackson has starred or co-starred in sitcoms The Jacksons, Good Times, A New Kind Of Family, Diff’rent Strokes and Fame. Her first major role was 1993’s Poetic Justice.

“She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes,” a rep for Lionsgate says. “We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion and immense talent.”

A deal with Lionsgate was evident. Jackson has starred in three Tyler Perry films via the production house, including Why Did I Get Married, Why Did I Get Married Too and For Colored Girls.


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