Janet Jackson Signs Film Production Deal
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Janet Jackson 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.”