Good Times: The Movie

I have previously mentioned how much I love the TV series Good Times, which was a spin-off of Bea Arthur's show Maude—so I was interested to read yesterday that Sony is planning a big-screen version of the '70s TV show.

On the one hand, Good Times! And this is a very good time for a film that tells the sort of story that Good Times told with the pathos by which it told it.

image of Esther Rolle and John Amos as Florida and James Evans in Good Times
Good Times' Florida and James Evans
(Esther Rolle and John Amos)

On the other hand, I have absolutely no faith in the film industry to actually accomplish that, no less in a feature film.
Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin will turn the groundbreaking '70s sitcom Good Times into a feature film. They've set a writer, Phil Johnston, whose most recent credits include Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids. Rudin will produce the family comedy with Eli Bush.

...Rudin is selective about the remakes with which he becomes involved – Manchurian Candidate, Shaft and Sabrina...
Oof. Those are not great remakes. And I bet I don't need to tell you that Scott Rudin and Phil Johnston are both white.

So was Norman Lear, who created Good Times, but he was one of a kind. And even then, not above criticism.

I dunno. I desperately hope that the film will be good, and really fear that it won't.

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