However, the Emmy-winning creator is now prepped to expand his repertoire of comedic cartoons by pillaging the vaults of classic hand-drawn television fare, and taking on what is said to be a lifelong dream of his: The job of rebooting The Flintstones.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has at last worked out a deal with Warner Bros. television – which secured the rights to The Flintstones brand name after it absorbed Hanna-Barbera some years back – that will allow the former to reboot the prehistoric cartoon sitcom “as a TV and film property,” under the direction of MacFarlane.
Currently, the main focus appears to be on MacFarlane reworking Hanna-Barbera’s iconic animated sitcom – which originally aired from about 1959-1966 – for Fox as a television show. Depending on how successful the rebooted series turns out to be, movie spinoffs (a la the Family Guy feature-length Star Wars parodies) could eventually be in the cards as well.
The Flintstones has been brought to life on the big screen before: once in animated form (the 1966 pic The Man Called Flintstone) and twice in live-action form, back in 1994 and 2000 – and the less said about those two live-action films, the better (though, admittedly, the first movie was a box office hit).
There have been numerous Flintstones TV show and movie spinoffs over the years, but this will be the first time an actual reboot of the show has been attempted. While the show itself remains a cherished childhood memory for many a person, it’s hard to deny that the Flintstones brand of cheesy humor feels dated. However, like most shows and movies, it still has nostalgic value – and its old-fashioned sensibilities are very much a part of its charm.
So what would a Flintstones reboot be like, in MacFarlane’s hands? The obvious answer is that it would basically look and feel like Family Guy (or any of his cartoon creations), only set back in prehistoric times – and, possibly, not have quite as many pop culture references and “adults only” jokes. It ought to be mentioned that MacFarlane did work as a writer on shows like Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, and even Disney’s Jungle Book spinoff show, Jungle Cubs, prior to his days working for Fox. So he does know how to make an animated cartoon series that doesn’t simply amount to Family Guy with a twist.
Expect to hear more about The Flintstones reboot in the near future.