Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane is set to give classic cartoon The Flintstones a new lease of life.
MacFarlane will give a 21st century spin to the classic 1960s animated comedy series about two hard-working middle-class families living with contemporary conveniences in the dinosaur-era town of Bedrock.
The original series ran from 1960 to 1966, following Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, and their neighbours Barney and Betty Rubble. Inspired by the equally glorious Jackie Gleason sitcom, The Honeymooners, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.
“The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone,” MacFarlane said in a statement.
“So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”
FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the network hoped to introduce the prehistoric characters to a “whole new generation.”
“FOX has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintstones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air,” he said.
It will be hard to top the original series, but this one is tipped for some time in 2013.
Source: LA Times