Another reboot is in the works, this time for the beloved caveman cartoon, The Flintstones. The classic animated series is in the process of being revived—with a modern, adult twist. Yabba dabba doo!
Over the years, Warner Bros. has kept The Flintstones alive through movies, TV specials, and spinoff shows. According to Deadline, this latest project comes from a collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks’ company, Brownstone Productions.
The series is in infancy
Variety states that the new show is in an early development stage and is currently without a network. Since AT&T plans to launch its WarnerMedia streaming service—the recently dubbed HBO Max—it’s being speculated that there’s a chance The Flintstones reboot will air on the platform.
Details are scant on the premise of the show, but it’s said its aim is to be a “primetime animated adult comedy series based on an original idea featuring characters from ‘The Flintstones.’” There’s an abundance of material to work with, but the idea is a deviation from the kid-centric Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!, WarnerMedia’s upcoming animated series about the Rubble and Flintstone children and their pet, Dino.
That show is also a product of Warner Bros. Animation, and along with Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is headed for Boomerang’s streaming service. Maybe Warner will decide to keep the family together?
Banks has a deal with Warner Bros. which was just re-inked, and she currently has multiple projects coming down the pipeline, including starring in Mrs. America, a series set to air on FX.
History of ‘The Flintstones’
A Hanna-Barbera creation, Bedrock’s favorite suburban family made their debut in 1960 and aired original episodes through 1966. Reruns have played for decades and new versions of The Flintstones popped up in the form of Saturday morning cartoons, live-action films, one-off DVD specials, and spinoffs. Sometimes, fans were treated to baby versions of Fred and Barney, while other incarnations of the characters focused on the two best friends’ adventures or their kids, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. There was even a crossover with The Jetsons.
The last major attempt to reboot The Flintstones as a TV series was in 2011 under Seth McFarlane, but he wound up dropping the project after encountering creative differences and time restraints with 20th Century Fox.
Additionally, 2014 saw talks emerge about bringing the Stone Age family to the big screen. Comedians Will Ferrell and Adam McKay had plans to executive produce a new animated film for Warner Bros., but it is unclear if the production will move forward.
Banks and her company—which she shares with husband Max Handelman—work with a number of networks and platforms to distribute shows and films, including Hulu, Fox, and NBC. Since this remix of The Flintstones will be geared toward an adult audience, don’t expect it to land at a children’s network or streaming medium.
Nostalgic fans who want to see Fred and Barney’s hijinks might rightfully assume that the show will premiere on a streaming platform like WarnerMedia’s HBO Max. Be prepared to pay at least $16 per month for it.