‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris working on ‘Good Times’ movie

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The beloved Evans family that we grew up with is coming to the big screen.

Kenya Barris, creator of the hit sitcom “Black-ish,” has been given the green light by Sony to write a feature film adaptation of the classic sitcom, “Good Times.”


Sources say Barris, who was brought in after initial screenwriter Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) was dismissed from the project, will remain true to the essence of the popular sitcom that centered around a tight-knit family of five living in a Chicago housing project amid the turbulent political and social climate of the ’60s and ’70s.

The series, which aired on CBS from 1974 through 1979 and starred Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, Ja’net Dubois, Bern Nadette Stanis, and Ralph Carter was a spin-off of “Maude,” which itself was a spin-off of the hit, “All in the Family.” All three shows were developed by television legend Norman Lear. Eric Monte, who along with Michael Evans is credited with creating the show, will serve as one of the film’s executive producers alongside Carlena Harris and Tammie Evans.


No potential release date has been given for the film at this time.

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