A live-action Jetsons TV series is in development at Warner Bros. The Jetsons originally appeared as a Hanna-Barbera animated series in the '60s, about an average family living in the future. The show was filled with 'futuristic' technology, including flying 'cars', robot servants, and a whole bunch of things that have since become part of our day-to-day life, like flat screens, video chat, and smart watches.
The heart of the series, however, wasn't in the fancy new gadgets, but in the funny dynamic of the family themselves. Like The Simpsons, The Jetsons is all about life at home. Although the show only ran for three seasons (only one of which was aired in the '60s), it's remained popular, and studio has been attempting to revive it for years. In 1990, Universal released an animated feature, before Warner Bros. got the rights and in 2009, announced a live-action movie would be on the way. That project died a slow death in development hell, but now Warners has a new idea for the franchise.
Warner Bros. announced work has begun developing a live-action TV series, rather than a feature length film, to revive The Jetsons. The news was reported by TVLine, who also reports that Family Guy EP Gary Ganetti will be heading up the project, and acting as EP alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The reboot will be a sitcom, set 100 years in the future (like the original), and does not currently have a network to call home.
This will be in addition to the studio's current animated movie project, which has been in development for a couple of years, and recently landed Conrad Vernon as director. There is no news on whether the two Jetsons projects will be connected, but so far it sounds like they will be very different, so a connection is unlikely.
This is exciting news for Jetsons fans, especially as the show's format lends itself perfectly to a live-action sitcom series. A TV reboot is a great way to bring the show back to life and pay homage to the original, while updating it for new audiences -- and meaning a smaller budget and less risk for the studio. Other nostalgic re-imaginings have done well in live-action recently, most notably Riverdale, which brings the Archie comics to life on the small screen.
However, this project is still very much in the early stages, and the studio hasn't seemed to have much luck with rebooting the franchise so far. There is currently no director, writer or actors attached to the series, so The Jetsons still has a long way to go before it actually hits the small screen.
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