“Good Times” Getting the Movie Treatment

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Good Times, one of Norman Lear’s no-shine, real world ’70s sitcoms and owner of a kick-ass theme song, has grabbed the attention of superstar producer Scott Rudin, who plans to turn it into a movie.

That’s according to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr., who reports that screenwriter Phil Johnston (“Cedar Rapids,” “Wreck-It-Ralph”) will write the script.

Fleming points out that Rudin is very choosy about remakes, citing “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Sabrina,” and “Shaft” as examples. It should be noted that those movies weren’t particularly popular and that “Shaft” was downright awful, though the blame there should go to director John Singleton

But Fleming does get something right: “Good Times,” which ran on CBS from 1974 to 1979, has a ton of potential as a movie.

[It] was one in a series of socially aware Norman Lear-generated sitcoms that pushed the envelope by mixing comedy with topicality and hot-button issues. Others included “All In The Family” (bigot patriarch), “One Day At A Time,” (struggling single mother) and “Maude.” 

“Good Times” focused on working-class couple James and Florida Evans [John Amos and the late Esther Rolle] 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.

No word on a release date yet, but this clip from “30 Rock” should hold you over until then. Oh, and here’s the theme song.

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