Tyler Perry as Medea courtesy Lions Gate Tyler Perry as Medea courtesy Lions Gate

This Madea doesn't rest. Tyler Perry will create, write and executive-produce a series of half-hours presenting his Mabel "Madea" Simmons alter ego as an animated truth-teller. The untitled project ("Tyler Perry's Untitled Project"?) would wind up on a network, on DVD, or both.

Perry's objective is to take Madea, whose frank ways were born in a stage play before being fashioned into a series of box-office hits (the next of which hits theaters next month), and make her more kid-friendly. "I wanted to do something more appropriate, and this seems to be it," he tells the Reporter.