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Filmmaker to negotiate for old Army base land

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ATLANTA (AP) - A board working to redevelop a former Army base south of downtown Atlanta will begin negotiating a possible sale of some Fort McPherson land to filmmaker Tyler Perry.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority voted Wednesday to begin formal negotiations with Perry.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said such a development would draw other businesses to the area and further solidify Georgia's growing reputation as a major player in the film industry.

The nearly 500-acre former Army post closed in 2011.

Perry has produced TV comedies such as "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne," and he's also producing shows for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that Perry's representatives didn't return calls Wednesday.

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