What The Jetsons — George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, even Rosie the Robot — could never have shown us about the future was that a movie version would be stuck in the developmental netherworld for decades. (There was a musical Jetsons movie in 1990, but it had Tiffany as the voice of Judy, so, need I say more?)
The possibility of non-musical Jetsons movie, based on the space-age 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, has been rattling around for a long time, with a long and ever-changing list of people attached to it over the years. In 2007, Robert Rodriguez was possibly planning to direct, and at some point, the script job was offered to Adam F. Goldberg, of ABC’s The Goldbergs. The strangest news related to the project, though, came in 2012, when Kanye West was rumored to be the movie’s Creative Director (could that have been the greatest or worst thing ever made? We’ll never know, except that we may have avoided Kim K as Judy).
Back to 2015: Deadline has learned that Warner Bros is serious about getting this Jetsons movie out there, and hired Matt Liberman — who also wrote a forthcoming animated Scooby-Doo movie — to pen the script, making Liberman the latest of about 35 writers to have the job. Maybe this one will stick.
The Jetsons has existed in a number of different creative forms since its original broadcast. In the 1980s, Hanna-Barbera produced 51 new episodes to go with the original catalogue (that had been running on the broadcasts for two decades) for syndication, and geared them towards a younger audience. The Jetsons have appeared in comic books and several TV movies (as well as the aforementioned disastrous theatrical release), but intriguingly, has never been given the live action treatment.
For now, though, Warner Bros only seems interested in an animated feature. The question is, what will the animation look like? Will it be CGI? Do kids today care at all about The Jetsons, or is Warner Bros hoping that parents and grandparents will be driven to theaters with the kiddos for reasons of nostalgia (only to have their memories defiled?) Maybe Warner Bros could go experimental with it, with gorgeous, creatively provocative animation …
Now that’s futuristic fantasy.