Good TimesThe Evans family is heading to the silver screen. Sony Pictures is adapting Good Times into a feature film. The movie studio tapped Shaft producer Scott Rubin and Wreck It Ralph co-writer Phil Johnston to head the project.

Good Times, which aired on CBS from 1974 through 1979, was a groundbreaking sitcom centering on James and Florida Evans, a working-poor couple raising their three children in a Chicago housing project. The weekly show chronicled the collective and individual struggles of the family and their neighbors, including Florida’s closest friend, Willona Woods, as they battled everything from gangs to picket lines. It was one of several controversial shows created by legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear. He used television to raise awareness of social injustices, so Good Times was designed to push the envelope. His other shows included All in the Family and Maude.

The Evanses will still struggle through tumultuous race relations, unemployment and easy credit rip-offs in the movie. Johnston and his writing team are setting the movie in the 1960s. There are plenty of potential topics to cover, including the politically charged assassinations of civil-rights leaders, the fight for integration and other issues prevalent during that time.

A plot synopsis has not been released, so several questions are unanswered: Will Penny be a featured character? Will James Evans die? Will the family escape the ghetto? None of that is certain, but one thing is: JJ Evans will be offering his signature catchphrase, “Dy-no-mite!”

Good Times is a beloved classic in the African-American community. The sitcom still airs daily on TVOne and is a household staple for many families. Expectations are high. Good Times must capture the beauty of the characters and their tribulations, or we’ll all be screaming Florida’s infamous line, “Damn, damn, damn!”

No word on whether surviving original cast members, including Jimmie Walker, will be offered roles in the movie adaptation. A release date has yet to be announced.

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  • The only way this movie makes sense is if the movie starts off and shows them finally outside the ghetto. I still watch old episodes of Good Times and was kind of bummed out that it went off when they finally made it out. I would have loved to see their progressions and struggles to adjust as they transitioned into their new lives. But I’ am indifferent to this project all together.

  • Soulfulindustry

    Can we please please please do something new? Why is everything a remake of something done in the 70’s or 80’s? Can we please be here and now?

    Besides… I don’t really trust them to get it right.. If I want to watch Good Times I want to see the original.. not a janky remake :/

    Besides… Good Times was depressing

  • justanotheropinion

    I agree with binks – would have been nice to see what happened when they moved out of the ghetto….in 1979! Not now. Remakes never live up to the originals. Besides, stop being lazy trying to resurrect old successful stuff. If you can’t come up with something new, entertaining and enticing, take a seat.

    Besides, without Florida, there is NO Good Times….

  • Mademoiselle

    A show like Good Times made sense in the 70s because it addressed topics that were relevant to the 70s. If a movie is going to be made about good times, why not set it in the 00s or 10s and address topics that are relevant to today? Also the questions in the article make no sense. Penny wouldn’t be in this version of the movie because even if she were born in the 60s, her mom didn’t move to the Evans’s building until the 70s. James would be alive in the 60s, and Flo would not be working based on their lifestyle in the 70s. And they wouldn’t have escaped the ghetto in the 60s if their 70s were plagued by the ghetto. The movie sounds like it would be a prequel. It also sounds like it could end up being depressing. I don’t know if I want to watch a movie about a black family forcing themselves to smile through 1960s misery. Then again, it was a sitcom and a lot of the family topics are relatable regardless of era or neighborhood, so maybe they’ll keep that vibe going. I’m torn. I’ll wait until more info about the plot comes out.