Soooo, not sure how I missed this announcement? But, the wildly popular 70’s sitcom ‘Good Times,’ is being made into a feature film. Although the comedy was known for discussing important social issues and being one of the only shows on television with a black cast, I’m curious to see if it will bring the same importance and integrity to movie goers today? Some things should just be left alone? I’d hate for anyone to make a mockery of this show. There is no word on what the script is like, or who will play the characters? But, they will keep the movie in the 1960’s. Crossing my fingers on this one.
According to my associates at CocoaFab:
Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin will turn the groundbreaking ’70s sitcom “Good Times” into a feature film. They’ve set a writer, Phil Johnston, whose most recent credits include Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids.
While Rudin is selective about the remakes with which he becomes involved – Manchurian Candidate, Shaft and Sabrina – we think this has a lot of potential. The series, which aired on CBS from 1974-79, was one in a series of socially aware sitcoms that pushed the envelope by mixing comedy with topicality and hot-button issues.
“Good Times” focused on working-class couple James and Florida Evans as they raised three kids while struggling with hard financial times, unemployment and keeping their kids away from temptations that came with living in a Chicago housing project. The movie will be set in the 1960s, which gives Johnston a rich and politically charged period to mine.
I think for this one to work today, it will have to be more of a drama then a comedy? Please don’t make this hoaky! We wonder if the original cast members will make an appearance in the new film. Clearly the producers will be after the most famous former cast member…Janet Jackson, who played Little Penny. Who would you cast in the movie?