The Flintstones are headed back to the big screen! Thankfully, the new project in development over at Warner Bros. is not slated to be a live-action reboot, but rather a feature-length animated film. (The 1994 Brian Levant picture starring John Goodman, and it’s Vegas-centered follow-up, was more than enough Flintstones live action for many a lifetime.) With Disney/Pixar currently owning the animated market (with all due respect to the fine folks over at DreamWorks Animation), perhaps WB wanted to get in on the action. What better place to start than with the modern Stone Age family, whose rights the studio acquired from Turner Broadcasting back in 1996? Word that the Gary Sanchez Productions team is on board, which sees Chris Henchy penning the script for executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is an encouraging bit of news. Hit the jump for more.
News of a new The Flintstones film comes courtesy of Heat Vision. Following the antics of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and their best friends Barney and Betty Rubble, The Flintstones was the model family of the 60s, complete with the hard-working/hard-playing breadwinners who worked in a quarry and went bowling with the members of the Water Buffaloes Lodge, alongside their animated housemakers, pets, children, and all the modern conveniences of prehistory. The property has seen a variety of reboots over the years, perhaps most recently with the high-profile Seth MacFarlane attached for a TV show and possible film (which was tabled after a weak pilot script). Perhaps this one is best left in the animated realm, in a similar vein to this year’s release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Let’s just leave the live action out of it, or must I remind you of this atrocity: