Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin Taking 'Good Times' to the Big Screen
by Ben Pearson
March 13, 2013
Charlie's Angels. Starsky and Hutch. Dukes of Hazzard. Bewitched. Land of the Lost. Dark Shadows. The ongoing Hollywood trend of adapting TV shows from the 1970s into movies continues, as Deadline reports that mega-producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) is now set to produce a film adaptation of Good Times, the CBS sitcom that ran from 1974-1979. Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston will write the screenplay, and Rudin will produce for Sony Pictures alongside Eli Bush, his co-producer on Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, o director has been set.
A spin-off of the series "Maude," "Good Times" was set in a Chicago housing project and followed James and Florida Evans, a working class African American couple trying to raise their three children during tough economic times. Like the show, the movie will be set in the 1960s, although a lot of the issues could just as easily be handled by updating to a modern day setting. Rudin's involvement is a vote of confidence (seriously, look at this dude's filmography), but the question must be raised: is the world really crying out for a Good Times movie? It may have been revolutionary for the '70s, but it remains to be seen whether this storyline will resonate with today's audiences. Maybe it'll be more along the lines of a parody like The Brady Bunch Movie? That might be the best way to do it. Thoughts?