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The momentum continues to build for the Good Times movie. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is set to write the screenplay for the first feature film based on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom, so no doubt it will be dy-no-mite!
According to Deadline, screenwriter Kenya Barris has been tapped by Sony to write the screenplay for the upcoming Good Times feature film. Barris, who has previously tackled the life of an upscale African-American family in the ABC sitcom Black-ish, will now tackle the other end of the spectrum, in the film version of the '70s based sitcom. This is indeed a giant leap forward for the project, just set up by Sony last year. Barris reportedly set up a meeting last week to pitch what may have been the winning screenplay for the upcoming film.
The Norman Lear developed Good Times, which was co-created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, was a spin-off of Maude, which was a spin-off of All in the Family. Good Times portrayed the life for a struggling couple, James and Florida Evans, as they attempted to raise three kids in the Chicago "projects" whilst living in poverty. Good Times was set in the socially turbulent 1970s. It was indeed groundbreaking television for its time.
During its six seasons on air, Good Times tackled the tough reality for impoverished African-American families, as told through the story of the Evans Family and their neighboring tenants in the Chicago housing project. The show particularly dealt with the uphill battle for James’ struggle as the patriarch to provide for his family, something that many families—regardless of race—undoubtedly responded to with the show back during its initial run (and even now during syndication). Perhaps, Barris’ version of Good Times may continue to carry the torch of social consciousness as he has done with his current hit Black-ish, while at the same time not abandoning those elements of storytelling that will keep viewers interested in the first place.
Kenya Barris’ current ABC hit may be the perfect prerequisite of experience that the screenwriter needs to bring Good Times to the big screen. Of Black-ish, the writer has explained that while the show is about a black family, the issues that they deal with could also be relevant for a family of another race. In a separate interview with Deadline, the writer clarified:
The show is about a black family – not about a family that happens to be black.
Given Kenya Barris’ recent appointment to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the sitcom Good Times, it is likely that the upcoming feature film based on the groundbreaking television show should be just as entertaining and socially conscious as the original was. Barris’ current television show Black-ish airs on ABC.