Lionsgate has confirmed it has taken worldwide rights to its prolific collaborator Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.

Perry will write, direct and produce the first project for his new production company 34th Street Films, housed at Lionsgate. Paul Hall is also producing.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Atlanta in November featuring an all-star cast. The project marks Lionsgate’s tenth collaboration with Perry and the studio will release in 2010.

Studio sources described the story as a poetic exploration of what is to be of colour and a female in this world.

Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, opens nationwide on September 11, followed by Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? on April 2, 2010.

Perry also co-presents and served as executive producer with Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels’s Sundance hit Precious: Based On The Novel “Push” that screens in Toronto and Lionsgate will release in November.