The Flintstones are coming back to television. The modern Stone Age family has been away from the airwaves for quite some time, and despite quite a few attempts over the years, none of the revivals have been quite as successful as the original, iconic 1960s series. Now, Warner Bros. has partnered with Elizabeth Banks to try and bring Fred Flintstone and his family to modern audiences in an adult-oriented animated series.
According to a new report, Warner Bros. has teamed with Elizabeth Banks' production company Brownstone Productions for a new rendition of The Flintstones. It's stated that this will be a primetime series aimed at adult audiences. So don't expect to see this on Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network. Beyond that, little has been revealed at the present time, as it's also stated that the series is in the early stages of development. There is no word on who would voice any of the characters in the series, nor is it clear how involved, specifically, Banks will be in the development process. Banks, a very successful actress who has appeared in movies such as The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Hunger Games, has been increasing her profile behind the scenes, having directed Pitch Perfect 2, as well as the upcoming Charlie's Angels reboot.
This is far from the first time that the series has had a high-profile, attempted revival. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy and American Dad, was working on a similar adult-fixated reboot back in 2011. However, the project eventually hit a wall and never moved forward. But in an era when Hollywood is more reboot obsessed than ever, it's easy to imagine that The Flintstones can find a home in the modern landscape. Though, at the present time, no network or streaming service has been attached.
The Flintstones initially debuted in 1960 on ABC and ran for six seasons, totaling 166 episodes. The series went off the air in 1966, but it was featured heavily in syndication and has remained a fixture in the pop culture landscape ever since. The show, generally speaking, revolves around the titular family, which is comprised of Fred, Wilma, Pebbles and their pet dinosaur, Dino. Fred's best friend Barney Rubble, along with his wife Betty and their son Bamm-Bamm, were also major fixtures of the Hanna Barbera classic.
Over the years, there have been a number of spin-offs and various attempted revivals, such as The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Flintstone Comedy Hour, The Flintstone Comedy Show, Fred Flintstone and Friends, The New Fred and Barney Show, The Flintstone Comedy Show, The Flintstone Funnies and The Flintstone Kids. There have also been a number of one-off specials and TV movies, such as The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, A Flintstone Christmas and The Flintstones: On the Rocks. A pair of live-action movies were also released starting with 1994's The Flintstones and 2000's The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. This news was first reported by Variety.