Black-ish creator Kenya Barris struck gold with his ABC comedy. His next challenge? Adapting one of the medium’s defining works to the big screen.
Sony has tapped Barris to write the script for the movie version of Good Times, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the development. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film.
The 1970s CBS hit centered on the Evans family in the Chicago projects. The show, one of a handful developed by Norman Lear, was hailed for accurately depicting black life and providing a prominent, generally positive representation—except, perhaps, son J.J.—of African-Americans on TV that didn’t really exist before. The movie, like the show, will be set in Chicago, but in the 60s.
Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids screenwriter Phil Johnston was first attached to write when the movie was announced in March 2013. Eric Monte, Tammie Evans and Carlena Harris will executive produce the film, while William Bannister, Michael Daniels and Neville Mouguel will serve as associate producers.