‘The Flintstones’ Reboot On Hold; Seth MacFarlane Too Busy

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Looks like we’re not heading back to the prehistoric days in the near future.

“The Flintstones” reboot from “Family Guy” mastermind Seth MacFarlane is on hold. As first reported by Deadline.com, and since confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane’s “Flintstones” reboot won’t launch in 2013 as originally planned in order to accomodate MacFarlane’s schedule, the reports claim.

Fox announced “The Flintstones” as a straight to series project in May 2011 after MacFarlane and co. won the rights to the classic ’60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon. The cartoon aired from 1960-1966 on ABC. “The Flintstones” had several spinoffs and animated specials since, the most recent of which, “The Flintstones: On The Rocks” aired in 2001. Dan Palladino and Kara Vallo will serve as executive producers alongside MacFarlane on the new cartoon.

“The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone,” MacFarlane said in a statement when the project was initially announced. “So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”

Along with “Family Guy,” MacFarlane has his other Fox’s cartoons “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show,” plus his new miniseries based on Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.”

At SXSW in March 2012, MacFarlane gave audiences an update on “The Flintstones” project, saying, “It’s still in the early stages — I’m finishing a rewrite on the pilot … We’re trying to, essentially, stay true to what that show is. There’s something cool to me about, in 2013, turning on your TV and seeing ‘The Flintstones’ and having it look like ‘The Flintstones.’ …  We kinda want to keep it, more or less, the same. The stories that we tell will be a little more current.”

 

 

by Chris Harnick

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