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Janet Jackson has signed a deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and produce a feature film. This will mark the singer-actress’ first foray into production.

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“She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes. We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion and immense talent,” said Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate president of motion picture production and development.

Janet has said previously in an interview, “Many people forget I started out as an actor. 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.”

“My experiences of working with the creative group at Lionsgate have been powerful and exciting. We’ve made three films together so far, directed by the gifted and prolific Tyler Perry. There is genius at this studio in every department. They don’t just make films, they nurture artists who want to make great films,” said Janet in a statement.

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