Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Warner Bros. Animation is hoping to bring The Flintstones back from extinction in the form of a full-length animated feature film!
As reported today in The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired ‘The Campaign‘ scribe Chris Henchy of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez productions to pen the script.
The original series, which ran for 6 seasons, is set in the prehistoric town of Bedrock and was a humorous take on the “modern stone-age family” in classic sitcom style that followed the antics of average working class husband Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, daughter Pebbles, best friend Barney, Barney’s wife Betty and their son Bamm-Bamm.
The series has of course received the big screen treatment before, first in 1994 with the critically panned live-action The Flintstones from Universal Pictures and then again in 2000 with the direct to home video The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to “The Flintstones” from Universal back in 1996 as part of Time Warner’s acquisition of Turner Broadcasting.
The series has seen numerous returns to television and most recently was in the works to return to television under Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth McFarlanes creative prowess, but the project was shelved.
Although the film has not yet been given a release date, Warner Bros. is aiming for a 2017-2018 release.
Warner Bros. Animation is also responsible for 2014’s hit The Lego Movie which has thus far drawn in more than $457 million at the worldwide box office.