Here’s some movie news that has us screaming, “Yabba-dabba-doo!”
“Oh, the Flintstones stepping into the 21st century with a new movie! No word yet on when we can expect to see Fred and Barney in theaters.” (Via News 12 Long Island)
Yes, according to several reports, it looks like we’re going to be meeting the Flintstones once again on the big screen.
Sources tell Entertainment Weekly a full-length, animated Flintstones flick is in development at Warner Bros. The studio got the rights to the vintage cartoon when Time Warner acquired Turner Broadcasting in 1996.
Still, sources close to the project say it’s in very early development, meaning it has plenty of time to fall apart.
But as Mashable points out, there are some big names on board who seem pretty serious about bringing the Bedrock gang into the 21st century.
Variety reports Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are executive producing the film through their company, Gary Sanchez Productions.
And their partner Chris Henchy, who was behind movies like “The Campaign” and “The Other Guys,” has reportedly been tapped to write the script for the new project.
The last Flintstones big-screen reboot had some big names behind it, too. Steven Spielberg produced the 1994 live-action movie, starring John Goodman, Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Taylor.
But that wasn’t enough to make it a hit with the critics — the flick only managed to scrape together a 22 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And its prequel, 2000’s “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” was even worse. According to Cinema Blend, the movie made a dismal $59 million worldwide on an $83 million budget.
But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to bring the iconic show back from the Stone Age.
The Hollywood Reporter says Seth MacFarlane has been pushing for a “Flintstones” TV reboot on Fox for years now. But apparently, the network shut down the project after “The Family Guy” creator turned in a disappointing pilot script.
Hopefully, this budding attempt at bringing back Fred, Barney and the rest of the gang goes down in history … for the right reasons.
By BRIANA ALTERGOTT