Good Times Cast

Yes, it’s true!  A movie based on the 70s comedy series, “Good Times,” is in the works.  Deadline.com is reporting that Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures will turn the CBS sitcom into a feature film.

The film will be produced by Academy Award winner Scott Rudin, whose other film credits include The Social Network and The Truman Show.

The show “Good Times” originally aired in 1974 and ended in 1979.  The show was based on the Evans family, an African-American working class family living in the projects of Chicago.

This wouldn’t be the first time a TV classic was made into a film.  Nicole Kidman starred in “Bewitched,” Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway starred in “Get Smart” and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum starred in “21 Jump Street” and these films were successful.

There are some, however, that feel that this movie shouldn’t be made.  Michael Arceneaux is a writer for EBONY Magazine that is disgusted that this film is being made.  He writes:

“Alas, Sony Pictures and (White) producer Scott Rudin are reportedly at work on a film adaptation, along with (White) writer Phil Johnston. According to Deadline, “The movie will be set in the 1960s, which gives Johnston a rich and politically charged period to mine.” The writer of the Deadline report also said “I think this has a lot of potential.”

“If he means “the potential to piss off lots and lots of Black people,” we’re in agreement there…”

“I can see it now, NeNe Leakes will be cast as Wilona Woods after Tyler Perry demands he get to play Florida Evans; Cedric The Entertainer will play Bookman; The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Stewart will play Thelma since she looks like her twin from the future anyway; Quvenzhané Wallis will star as little Penny. Actually…no she won’t. She’s above this foolishness. I’m claiming that for her.”

“Regardless of who’s cast, this film is going to be a hot mess for a number of reasons. And you can keep your ‘I’m just glad to see Black folks on the big screen” argument, because a 2013 JJ Evans cooning and buffooning ain’t nothing to cheer for.”

Read his entire article here.


So what do you think?  Is this movie a good idea?


Sources: Huffington Post | EBONY

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