Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, the upcoming Prime Video film about the life of Tyler Perry from Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz, has released a trailer ahead of its premiere.
The film will explore the life of Tyler Perry and is described as “a nod to Perry’s mother’s love and a tender, intimate portrait” of him.
Longtime fans are aware of Perry’s tumultuous childhood and upbringing, where he dealt with abuse and trauma, and the new film will explore his relationship with his mother, who, throughout all the trauma, was a constant in his life. The connection is a recurring theme in Perry’s works, which center on Black women overcoming overwhelming obstacles from all sides.
The film’s official description:
Writer, actor, filmmaker, studio head and media titan, Tyler Perry, is America’s consummate multihyphenate. But underneath this entertainment behemoth is a man working humbly to heal his childhood trauma by transforming his pain into promise. Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, a nod to his mother’s love, is a tender and intimate portrait of visionary and innovator Tyler Perry: his harrowing but faithful road to the top of an industry that didn’t always include him. Nearly a decade in the making, with unfettered access, directors Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz lead us into the inner-world of a man, whose story has never fully been told, as he becomes a father and a media mogul with a mission to pave his own road to the top. The product is a profound lesson on remembering where you came from to know where you want to go.
The project is an Amazon Studios film. Through her production firm, Bekele Films, Bekele also serves as a producer. Also producing are Jasmine K. White and Asante White.
Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story premieres on Nov. 17 on Prime Video.
Watch the trailer below: