Scratchin’ And Survivin’: ‘Good Times’ To Be Turned Into Feature Film

March 12, 2013  |  

Well it’s clear the season of movie remakes is far from over. Don’t ask me how Sony Pictures is going to manage this, but according to, the film studio and producer Scott Rudin are planning to turn the classic ’70s sitcom Good Times into a feature film.

The good news is the writer they’ve commissioned for the project, Phil Johnston, is well versed in remakes. He’s the man behind Manchurian Candidate, Shaft and Sabrina,  and his most recent credits include Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids. Another promising aspect of this remake is that the film won’t bring the story of James and Florida Evans raising their three kids and struggling through hard financial times into the new millennium. Deadline says the movie will be set in the 1960s in order to add a politically charged element to the film, given the racial issues that were taking place during that time period. Still, how you whip a five-year groundbreaking television series up into a one-and-a-half hour feature film — without any of the original cast members– is beyond me.

So far, no details beyond who will be involved on the production side of things have been released so we can’t even begin to think about who will take on these characters. For some reason though, I’m picturing Ving Rhames as the daddy and Loretta Devine as Florida. And I can see Vivica Fox playing their neighbor Willona. What ya’ll think?

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  • thatruthful1

    My two choices for JJ would be between Marlon Wayans or Dave Chapelle…..Cedric The Entertainer as Bookman…Vivica Fox can be a good choice for Willona but Mo’Nique can rip it.

  • Chassie

    sigh leave classics alone

  • This is complete bullshit. People need to stop remaking the hits and leave them where they are at.

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  • MImi

    I love Good Times…I would be interested to see this movie….but what they really should remake is “A Different World”. That show made such a positive impact on our community. Hell…if they can remake 90210 and Dallas they can remake A Different World.

  • I totally agree with the remakes. I can see everyone in a Hollywood board room trying to come up with a good original idea that did not involve the following: Time travel, blow-ups, shoot ups, goofy white couples trying to get theirs, the token African American who is the first to get killed after the action gets going, need I go on? After spending a total of a year in the board room, someone shouts in the distance, “Lets make a remake”. They all look puzzled, and then the head idiot on the new project says, “Good Idea.” Please, please, please (I am begging you) Leave my JJ alone. Leave my Florida alone. Leave my James, Winnona, Michael, Thelma, and Penny alone. Leave my “Buffalo Butt” alone. I likes um just the way they were.

  • Erin George

    It’s probably set it the 70s. Madame Noire frequently reports incorrect information.

    • bvictorian

      It’s actually set in the 60s as reports.

  • Erin George

    If Porsha Stewart of RHOA could act, she would definitely have the role of Thelma. They are absolute twins.

    • HoneyDipp

      Soooooooooooooooo true! And I think the writer’s casting picks were pretty much spot on.

  • IJS

    Here we go again with these producers taking “creative liberties” when making a movie. There were PLENTY of racial issues to go around during the ’70s – why would you need to set the movie in the ’60s to make it more “politically charged”? Also, why can’t anybody in Hollywood (including folks in the tv, film AND music industries) come up with an original idea anymore?? What’s next, somebody’s gonna make a Sanford & Son movie set during slavery? SMMFH

    • Yvette

      I agree with you. It’s just ridiculous. I wish they would leave Good Times alone. Although I agree with the writer that Loretta Devine would do justice to the role of Florida as would Ving Rhames as James. As far as Willona, Vivica Fox would be good, but Taraji Henson would be even better.