The Good Times movie is on the way!
Kenya Barris is the real MVP!
The “Black-ish” creator has been tapped by SONY to script their forthcoming Good Times film and I’m as hyped as a 1991 MC Hammer backup dancer about it!
Here’s the scoop via Deadline.com:
Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris is riding high on his freshman sitcom about an upscale African-American family. Now, he has been set by Sony to write Good Times, the feature adaptation of the groundbreaking sitcom about an African-American family on the other side of the spectrum, struggling in the Chicago projects in the turbulent ’60s. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing.
Sony set up the project last year. Good Times, which aired on CBS from 1974-79, was among a number of socially aware Norman Lear-created sitcoms that became hits. The show was a spinoff of Maude, which itself was a spinoff of All In The Family. Good Times followed the struggles of working-class couple James and Florida Evans, who raised three kids through financial hardship as they tried to keep their kids away from trouble during a politically and socially turbulent time in a Chicago housing project. They are setting the movie in the 1960s.
Kenya Barris is also writing the script for Barbershop 3 with Tracy Oliver (“Survivor’s Remorse“).
Who would you cast in the Good Times movie?
Here are my preliminary choices:
Florida Evans – Viola Davis
James Evans – Ving Rhames
Thelma Evans – Letoya Luckett
Michael Evans – Evan Ross
J.J. Evans – Jay Pharoah
Willona Woods – Syleena Johnson