According to Variety, an entertainment newspaper, Lionsgate announced Wednesday it will release Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” on Nov. 5, instead of the film’s original launch date scheduled for the Martin Luther King weekend in January 2011.

The move would position the film for year-end awards consideration. The company typically has released a Perry-helmed drama in the fall, with last year’s offering “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” debuting Sept. 11 with $23.4 million.

“Colored Girls,” is based on the 1975 play, “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange, and stars Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, and Whoopi Goldberg. There has been much controversial discussion as to whether Tyler Perry can do justice to this 35 year old and very meaningful work of art. I tend to frequent Tyler Perry movies as I enjoy seeing black actors and actresses on the big screen.

“It’s a serious film that really lends itself to the fall period,” said Lionsgate distribution head, David Spitz. “Colored Girls” will compete with 3D toon “Megamind” and the Todd Phillips-directed film, “Due Date.”

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