‘The Flintstones’ Are Back!


The Flintstones was a household name back in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and now they are back! Well, on the big screen anyway. Most thirty-somethings can say they have at least seen one episode of The Flintstones. Fred, Barney, Wilma, Betty, Pebbles, and Bamm Bamm came stumping into the houses of millions each and every day.

The latest news on The Flintstone clan is that they will be coming back to the big screen sometime in the future in their first full-length animation film. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are teaming up with Warner Bros. to bring the movie to life. After the success of the Land of the Lost adaptation, the duo was more than happy to jump into this project together.

Not much information is currently known about the comeback project for The Flintstones at the moment. Presently still in the developmental stage, Ferrell and McKay have signed on as executive producers. Chris Henchy, the writer of The Campaign and The Other Guys, was commissioned to write the script, but the movie is not expected to be ready for a few years. The cast has yet to be confirmed, but Moviefone stated they are hoping a Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunion will take on the voices of Fred and Barney.

The first time The Flintstones appeared on the big screen was in 1994 with the Steven Spielberg live action adaptation starring Rick Monranis and John Goodman. The 2000 sequel, Viva Rock Vegas, did not do too well, as expected, and probably should have went straight to video.

After spending over two years in a pricey deal negotiation to acquire the rights from Warner Bros., Fox was slated to bring their 2013 version of The Flintstones cartoon series to life with the help of Seth MacFarlane. However, unimpressed by the script and MacFarlane unable to commit to a rewrite due to a number of other obligations, the project was put on hold for a later date.

Fans of Warner Bros, have high hopes for the new production, especially after the disappointing results from the 1999 animated film, The Iron Giant. For many fans it was a disappointing blow, especially with the company’s history as movie innovators. However, with the success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. might have gotten their mojo back.

With not much else being said about the project, fans can only wait and hope that the project will be seen to completion. The Flintstones ran from 1960 through to 1966, chronicling the antics of Stone Age best friends Fred and Barney. Fred and Barney are said to resemble the crazy friendship of Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton from the hilarious 1955 series, The Honeymooners.

With the comedic portrayals of modern-day conveniences reinvented using Stone Age “technology,” the Flintstones and the Rubbles “rocked” their way into the hearts of fans everywhere. Hopefully with the new animated movie, fans will get to see a lot of the original ideas that made the cartoon series such a success. The Stone Age rocked with friends like Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty, and now The Flintstones are back, hopefully anyway.

By Virginia Snowden

The Hollywood Reporter

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