‘Family Guy’ Creator Seth MacFarlane To Reboot ‘The Flintstones’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:14 am,

Nothing is sacred to Seth MacFarlane – anyone who’s watched his most successful animated creations (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad!) could tell you that much.

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).

The Flintstones movie with John Goodman and Rick Moranis Family Guy Creator Seth MacFarlane To Reboot The Flintstones

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.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Wow! This sounds pretty promising. It will be to cool to fool around with today’s social issue via prehistoria.

  2. Do people not get enough of his shows already?

  3. Ugh, horrible news. Nice that its being rebooted, but hes the last guy I’d like to see do it. Can see the racy offensive poop jokes galore Flintstones now.

  4. Yabba-dabba-DON’T! Please, just don’t. Put down away your tracing paper, MacFarlane, and step away.

    • D’oh! That should be “put away your tracing paper”
      Darn typos.

    • Sounds kinda Yoda-ish, actually…

  5. A classic show re-made by a guy who has 3 shows running that are all the same? Really? Bad idea. LEAVE IT ALONE

  6. Why would this be considered a good idea to anyone at all. Even if you like Seth McFarlane’s brand of terrible, terrible humor, his (terrible,terrible) humor does not jive with the Flintstones at all. The last thing I want to see is Barney spewing stupid references to things that are far better then Family Guy

    • sing it bro. i feel your pain.

  7. Yabba, dabba, do! I am so stoked to see this. I’m glad a new generation gets to enjoy it.
    Who know, maybe the Jestons will be next? What do you think?

    Poll: Will Seth MacFarlane’s remake be any good?
    Link: http://www.wepolls.com/r/411774

  8. I’d watch it, only because I liked Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Lab . . . those were the only selling points

  9. this just made me puke in my mouth. now the quintessential animated dad that all modern cartoon dads are based on will be reduced to “like that time i…” just fill in your “80′s reference or did that to this celeb” jokes. awful, awful news.

  10. i’ll watch it. but only if fox cancels the orginality that they say is: the cleavland show. i HATE that show

    • Yeah! The Cleveland Show SUCKS!!

  11. Hell yeah I don’t see why we shouldn’t give it a chance. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it!

  12. any new show on television that doesn’t involve:
    winning a job or
    winning a partner

    sounds like a show worth trying

  13. I think he has the capability and talent to make The Flinstones reboot a good show. But I think it depends on what style of comedy it’s going to be. If it’s in the same vein as Family Guy or American Dad, then I’d be scared. But if it’s more like Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Lab, then I’m all for it.

    Whether a Flinstones reboot is truly necessary is another matter entirely…

  14. Hey Barney, remember that time I worked as a Brontosaurus thong?

    • Yeah Fred…you spent so much time between Bronto buns, you swore that you were going by the saying, “Say no to crack”!

  15. Ugh,

    Good god not another inane Seth MacFarlane “comedy” carton series. Even more reprehensible would be a desecration, whoops, “reboot”, of one the very best American animated series.

    The humor is dated? What bosh-the live action movie was atrocious enough. What next- a relaunch of say Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck or The Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote.

    Whatever idiots who agreed to this vile plan should be banished at once to Hades.

    Michael Bryant

  16. I use to enjoy Family Guy (American Dad’s better tho’, & The sooner Cleveland moves back to where he was living across the street from the Griffin’s the better),despite MacFarlane’s blatant liberal bias & weird fascination with all things ‘gay’, but The Flintstone’s tho’? Seriously?? What sort of ‘pop-culture’ references can be made by a family living millions of years before there was even ‘pop-culture’? It could be worse I suppose. At least he’s not re-booting Woody Woodpecker.

    • “At least he’s not re-booting Woody Woodpecker.”

      YET, Chad…the operative unspoken word there is “yet”…

  17. 21 comments, and it sounds like only three people actually read the article.

    • Digital Jedi,

      That’s a very common malady online.


  18. What’s he’s reboot
    original simpsons from season 1
    Hong Kong Phooey
    I’ think good idea like
    Reboot of Flintstones

  19. What’s he’s reboot next
    original simpsons from season 1
    Hong Kong Phooey
    I’ think good idea like
    Reboot of Flintstones

  20. Popeye

    YET, Chad…the operative …

  21. original simpsons from season 1

    It’s going to suck like Yeah! The Cleveland Show SUCKED

  22. They should reboot Popeye next…

  23. Seth MacFarlane should reboot Popeye the whole cartoon on fox ?

  24. American Dad not that good family guy is good

  25. ‘Family Guy’ Creator Seth MacFarlane To Reboot ‘The Flintstones’
    Then he reboot Popeye by Seth MacFarlane.

  26. Seth MacFarlane please do Beavis and Butt-head reboot by Seth MacFarlane

  27. At least they wont do reboot of
    Micky mouse
    Well at least it’s only Popeye & Flintstones reboot

  28. At least they wont do reboot of
    Micky mouse
    Well at least it’s only Popeye & Flintstones reboot
    By : Seth MacFarlane