On May 7 Comingsoon.net posted the news that a new film about "The Flintstones" is in the works, and Warner Bros. is the reason the animated adventure will return to the big screen. The film will be based on the iconic television series about Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their daily lives. No official release date has been announced, but the studio has scheduled two release dates for 2017 and 2018.
The popular characters have previously appeared on the big screen in the 1994 live action film and the sequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" in 2000. The films starred John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins as Fred and Wilma Flintstone as well as Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell and Barney and Betty Rubble. The characters are owned by Hanna-Barbera and the television series ran from 1960 to 1966. It was also the first animated series ever to be nominated for an Emmy for a comedy show.
Variety also reported on May 7 that actor Seth McFarlane was working on bringing the project back to the television, but the plan fell through a few years back. Warner Bros. has been focusing more on animated movies, ever since the Warner Animation Group was formed last year. Animated films based on popular classic characters have been very successful over the past few years at the box office.
Will Ferrell is attached to executive produce the new film with Adam McKay for Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay and Ferrell are a popular comedy duo, and have had success with films like "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights." Chris Henchy is also attached to write the screenplay for the project. There is no one rumored currently to direct the project. The project will also appeal to all audiences, since it has been in syndication on several networks since it went off the air in 1966.
The popular show follows a working class family in Bedrock during the modern stone age who experience everyday life with their neighbors and best friends. The series was the most financially successful animated comedy for three decades, until "The Simpsons" took over that role. The thirty minute episodes feature everyday occurrences like taking photos or driving to work, except they are changed for the caveman life like having cars pushing by the driver's feet or images carved into stone tablets.