Newswire: Kenya Barris to write Good Times screenplay, probably have a good time doing it

You might remember Good Times, one of Norman Lear’s several sitcoms with a message that morphed (regrettably) into a sitcom with a catchphrase. You might also recall that two years ago, Sony Pictures announced that they were working on a film adaptation of that pioneering series, with Scott Rudin producing and Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph) attached as a screenwriter. Then you probably forgot all about it, not unlike the movie studio.

Well, the project’s seeing new life with the news that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has been tapped to write the screenplay. There’s no word on why Johnston didn’t work out, but the announcement’s probably a relief to anyone who was skeptical of the guy who wrote Cedar Rapids being in charge of depicting an African-American family’s struggles while living in a Chicago housing project.

Barris certainly seems more qualified to bridge the gap …

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