If there's one thing Hollywood loves, it's the power of an established brand. Why try to come up with something new, after all, if you can remake, repackage or revive an older property that already has built in name recognition? So it's no surprise that according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is planning a big screen adaptation of the classic '70s sitcom "Good Times."
All we can say is: Dy-no-mite!
Or, actually, there is one other thing we can say: What the heck is the point? Not that we don't appreciate "Good Times;" the sitcom, which starred catchphrase-spouting Jimmie Walker and a young Janet Jackson as members of an inner city family, was truly groundbreaking in many ways, often addressing social issues of the time. So, much respect to "Good Times" the TV show.
Still, the series ended 34 years ago. Is there that much value — creatively or commercially — to reviving a brand that most people under the age of 30 have never even heard of? Sure, Sony scored a hit last decade with a revival of "Charlie's Angels," but Hollywood has also given us one disaster after another trying to chase this money train, from "Bewitched" to "Lost in Space" to "Wild Wild West."
Producer Scott Rudin has a pretty good track record ("Moonrise Kingdom," "Moneyball," etc.) so maybe he can make this work. But honestly, maybe it's time to take some of that Dy-no-mite and blow up this TV show remake stuff once and for all.