Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Guillermo Del Toro Planning "Bizarre" New Film
He wants John Hurt to star
Scarlett Johansson Looking To Say Hail Caesar!
Jonah Hill is also considering the Coens' latest
Alec Baldwin In Talks For Mission: Impossible 5
He may be the head of the CIA
Elle Fanning Learns How To Talk To Girls At Parties
As the Neil Gaiman adaptation moves forward
Latest Hunger Games Promo Arrives
The Mockingjay lives!
First Look At Ian McKellen In Mr Holmes
Sherlock turns 93
Exclusive Trailer For Josef Mengele Drama Wakolda
The Angel of Death in Argentina
New Clip From Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo
Say hello to the pianocktail
New Stills Land From Exodus: Gods And Kings
And Ridley Scott explains what we're in for...
Star Wars: Episode VII To Shoot Partly in IMAX
Big movie, big camera
First Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Launches
Ridley Scott sets the dial to 'Biblical Epic'
New Poster For Kevin Smith's Tusk
But the Weinsteins won't fund Clerks 3
Brandon Routh Joins TV's Arrow
Superman becomes The Atom
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
22 June 2014
Aaron Sorkin Adapting Flash Boys
He'll adapt a new book by Moneyball's Michael Lewis
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Wreck-It Ralph (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Sony Wants To Let The Good Times Roll
By adapting the '70s sitcom into a movie

12 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Everybody stop joking about how Bod could one day become a movie! Because eventually, every TV show ever will be noticed by the roving eye of the remake robot and we’ll all have to put up with months of casting rumours about Hollywood’s top talent competing to be the milkshake-obsessed frog on the right. But we aren’t there yet, and Sony optioning ‘70s US sitcom Good Times at least has potential for comic material and a poke at issues in the ‘60s and ‘70s. 

Plus, Scott Rudin is the man driving the latest attempt to repurpose nostalgic TV for the big screen, and he’s not a man who gets involved with just anything. He’s put Wreck-It Ralph co-writer Phil Johnston on to the task of finding a way to make the movie work.

Good Times was a spin-off of a spin-off (it came via Maude from All In The Family), focusing on working class couple James and Florida Evans (John Amos and Esther Rolle) who live with their three kids in inner city Chicago. The series, co-created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by sitcom pioneer Norman Lear, was among the first shows to focus on African American issues, especially one with a family trying to make it work in the big city. However, some of that was eventually undermined by the breakout character of wacky oldest son James Jr “JJ” Evans, played by Jimmie Walker, who quickly won attention with his catchphrase, “Dy-no-mite!’” It was remade here as The Fosters featuring a young Lenny Henry.

Johnston will apparently turn back the clock on the show to the 1960s, which will allow for an intriguing twist on the show’s format. But will it be released over here? Or will Working Title figure out a competing Fosters remake?  


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Get Inside The Warped World Of Trance
With Danny Boyle as your guide
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Film Studies 101: Ten Movie Formats That Shook The World
The pre-digital innovations that formed modern cinema

Exodus: Gods And Kings: Ridley Scott's Trailer Breakdown
The director talks us through his enormous Biblical epic

Jay Baruchel Talks How To Train Your Dragon 2
From The Human Centipede to the origin of 'Useless reptile'

Spotify Playlist: Now That's What I Call... Richard Linklater!
The Boyhood director has a soundtrack for life

Empire At EIFF 2014: Elijah Wood Q&A
See highlights of our Edinburgh chat with the actor

The Empire Podcast #118: Keira Knightley And Dean DeBlois Interviews
The Begin Again star and How To Train Your Dragon 2 director pop in for a chat

Watch: Industrial Light & Magic's Greatest Hits
From Star Wars to Transformers, we run through some of the best individual moments from the special effects masters

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £18!
Special 25th anniversary offer for one month only! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)