Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) is writing the screenplay based on the CBS series, which ran for six seasons between 1974 and 1979. The show centered on the Evans family, who lived in a poor, urban area of Chicago. The series was among the first to feature a working-class African-American family, and gave birth to the popular catch-phrase "Dy-no-mite," which was often said by Jimmie Walker's J.J. Evans Jr. John Amos, Esther Rolle, Ja'net DuBois, BernNadette Stanis, and a young Janet Jackson also starred in the series.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing for Sony and Columbia Pictures. The studio also has remakes of classic shows such as I Dream of Jeannie and Fantasy Island in the works.