Had enough live-action remakes of animation properties? Well, now the tables have turned with an animated revival of a live-action tv series.
The iconic Seventies sitcom Good Times has received a greenlight from Netflix and will be produced through its Mike Moon-headed adult animation unit, which also produces series like Big Mouth, Hoops, and The Midnight Gospel. Here are the key details:
- Netflix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Sony Pictures Television for Good Times. Like the groundbreaking live-action series, which aired on CBS from 1974-79, the animated version follows the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues. The series will strive “to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.”
- Ninety-eight-year-old Norman Lear, who developed and produced the original series, is back as executive producer. He will EP with Brent Miller through their company Act III Productions. Netflix calls it Lear’s first animated series, which is not technically accurate. Lear also developed and exec produced the late ’90s series Channel Umptee-3 which mixed animation with live-action stock footage.
- Carl Jones (producer, The Boondocks; executive producer, Black Dynamite, Lazor Wulf) will serve as creator, showrunner, and executive producer. Stephen Curry, Erick Peyton, and Jeron Smith will executive producer through Unanimous, while Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will do the same through Fuzzy Door.
- Says showrunner Carl Jones: “It’s a dream come true to be working with the legendary talents of Norman Lear, Seth MacFarlane, and Stephen Curry. We are excited to carry on the original legacy of Good Times – but now animated and a little edgier. Let’s just say the struggle has just gotten strugglier.”
- Lear and Miller added in a joint quote, “We can’t think of anything better, at this time in our culture, than a reimagining of Good Times animated. In a year filled with darkness, this is one bright light we won’t soon forget. Thank you, Sony. Thank you, Netflix. Bless us all.”
- MacFarlane and Huggins also provided a joint quote: “It’s a thrill to be partnering with Norman Lear and to help bring new life to his groundbreaking show Good Times, through the talent and personal stories of Carl Jones and the team at Unanimous. Animation is the ideal medium with which to reimagine the original show, and through the lens of Carl’s sharp, biting humor, audiences will grow to love these classic characters all over again.”