Fans of classic TV show read the ti*le and said “dyn-o-miiite!”.. “Good Times,” the 1970s sitcom about a working-class family “keeping their head above water” in a Chicago housing development, is coming to a big screen near you.

Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (“No Country For Old Men,” “The Social Network”) are in development on a feature-film version of the Norman Lear-created sitcom, with “Wreck-It Ralph” scribe reportedly working on a screenplay, according to both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

Although the sitcom ran for six seasons from early 1974 to mid-1979, the movie version will apparently be set during the 1960s, according to Deadline, which notes that the time shift will provide “a rich and politically charged period to mine.”

“Good Times” — a spinoff of the sitcom “Maude” — starred Ester Rolle, John Amos, and “J.J.” Jimmy Walker, whose character’s frequent exclamations of “dyn-o-mite” became a 1970s catch phrase.

In addition to providing a unique view of the African-American experience, the socially conscious show was known for blending serious topics with its weekly doses of humor. All these years later, though, its real legacy for many people is its irresistible theme song, which ran over the opening credits — and which, in addition to making you sing along with just a little too much enthusiasm while watching the embedded video below, will now be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

They are also bringing Sanford and Son to the big screen.

Will you be checking for this movie?


We found JJ


  • The Man

    Interesting. What is going to make or break this movie is the writing and the cast.

    • Yea, it could be really good or a horrible movie. We know it won’t have a major budget unless it has x amount of white characters.

  • damnshame

    So no Cosby Show movie about two educated successful parents and their intelligent children going thru real life situation…naw we want more negative images of poor black folks living in the projects -with no money and cant get ahead..Yea that’s what we need. Cant yall slaves see wtf is goin on? over this ish

    • damack

      Good times wasn’t no negative show. It was a positive show because it show that you can still have a happy life without alot of money. There are alot of happy black people who don’t have alot of money but they are still happy. That is what Good times represent! Every black person is not rich…

      • MoorFedayeen

        I’m riding with @Damnshame. We’ll always or forever be portrayed as inherent uneducated poor bottom feeders. The legacy of the show shouldn’t be touched much like a classic record ought not be remade by some white douche bag.

  • WildWild

    @Hahz wasn’t any white actors on the tv show as it was.. it was based in that apartment with the family.. the only whites you saw was few and in between, so they not getting the doe, but then again it’s white directors and white hollywood chance to buffoon us like always. Hell even James quit the show because he got tired of the JJ character… I think they should leave well enough alone this should be a bigger controversy than Django.. Hell the projects are not even up in the Chi any more… let it be a classic sitcom and as for Sanford and Son HELL NO!!!

    But I would like to see who they would cast for Thelma fine ass I used to like her buddy.

  • Queso (The Corp)

    @Moor auditioning to play Michael (Black Jesus my foot that’s Ned the whino)

  • jamar

    the original show was good until the father left…i guess they didnt want an image of a blackman on TV that was a loyal husband and good father.

    • damack

      He had left the show because he didn’t like how JJ was acting like a bafoon.