The sitcom, centred on a family living in a Chicago, Illinois housing project, aired in the U.S. from 1974 to 1979 and starred John Amos, Jimmie Walker, BernNadette Stanis, and Ja'net Du Bois, who are now among those hoping to raise $1 million (GBP700,000) to produce a "docu-dramedy-comedy", which is being developed independently of series producer Norman Lear.

"What we are doing is bringing a new era into the cast," Stanis' attorney Shaun Weiss says. "The cast are all friends, they are united. The best thing in the world is taking the popularity in the TV show and bringing closure to it a different way.

"The whole premise of the movie is to show the Evans family in the future and what they've all become, without bringing in the old. If there is a piece of the old show that would be used, we understand that we would have to get clearance, but that is not the case. We are not going to tread on the old Good Times. What we are doing is using the characters and doing something new and telling a very different story."

The campaign ends at the end of the month (Feb16).

Last year (15), executives at Sony announced plans to reboot the series as a movie with black-Ish creator Kenya Barris set to write the project's screenplay.