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 Deadline.com, 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?