The cast of Good Times, which aired on CBS from 1974 to 1979, is using Kickstarter to raise funds to produce The Original Good Times Cast Movie. The project will reunite cast members Jimmie Walker, John Amos, BernNadette Stannis, Ralph Carter and Ja'Net DuBois to show what the Evans family is up to today. (Family matriarch Esther Rolledied in 1998.)
Deadline reports that the project is being floated without the cooperation of Sony, which owns the rights to the groundbreaking sitcom, or series creator Norman Lear, who famously clashed with the cast over the show's creative direction. The project's lawyer, Shaun Weiss, is confident anyway. "In the case of Good Times, there is going to be a comparison, but it's not an infringement of copyright," Weiss told Deadline. "What we are doing is bringing a new era into the cast. The characters have never been copyrighted or trademarked."
They're going to have an uphill battle. Thus far the campaign has raised only $2,000 of its $1 million goal, with 16 days to go. (Plus: Didn't Amos' character, James Evans, die working on the Alaska pipeline?)