Warner Bros. & Brownstone Productions to team for new Flintstones series

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

The Flinstones, Hanna Barbera, Elizabeth Banks

Yabba Dabba Doo! Get ready to spin some wax on your bird and turtle record player, dust off your Water Buffalo Lodge hat and order up a slab of brontosaurus burgers, because Warner Bros. is teaming with Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions for a new FLINTSTONES animated series!

Word coming out of Bedrock (via Variety) is that the new show will be a primetime animated adult comedy series focusing on the Stone Age antics of several players from Hanna Barbera's original animation. Warner Bros. Animation will produce with plans to assign the show to a network in due time.

Long after dinosaurs roamed the earth, "The Flintstones" arrived as a family-friendly program that originally ran for six seasons for over 150 episodes on ABC between 1960 and 1966. The legendary series revolved around Fred Flintstone and his family, made up of his wife Wilma, daughter Pebbles, and their family pet Dino. The show also featured Flintstone family friends and neighbors, the Rubbles – Fred’s best and hapless partner in crime Barney, Wilma’s best friend Betty, and their son, the destructive yet adorable Bamm-Bamm.

In the past, several attempts have been made to bring THE FLINTSTONES back into the fold, including shows like THE NEW FRED AND BARNEY SHOW and THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW. The modern Stone Age family also brought their brand of comedy to the big screen in 1994 courtesy of director Brian Levant's THE FLINTSTONES. Starring John Goodman as Fred, Rick Moranis as Barney, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, and for some reason or another, Rosie O'Donnell as Betty, the film focused on Fred receiving a promotion, but then learning that money can't buy hapiness. Levant then helmed a sequel to his Flintstones original called THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS. The ill-received follow-up found the main cast of the franchise being replaced with Mark Addy playing Fred, Stephen Baldwin as Barney, Kristen Johnson as Wilma, and Jane Krakowski as Betty. The movie found the Flintstone family and their friends embarking on a road trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller, as played by Thomas Gibson.

After re-signing her overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, Banks and her Brownstone banner are looking to develop multiple projects for Warners, such as a series adaptation of the podcast "Over My Dead Body" for the WarnerMedia streaming service, now dubbed HBO Max. Banks is also set to release her version of CHARLIE'S ANGELS starring Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, and Ella Balinska as the stylish super spy trifecta. Banks, who stars in the film as Bosley, also  wrote, directed, and executive produced the highly-anticipated action vehicle.

We'll be sure to bring you more updates related to THE FLINSTONES project as they become known.

Source: Variety

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a JoBlo.com editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.