Get ready for a new Flintstones movie. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are attached as executive producers on the project, which, as per THR’s report, is being developed as a full-length animated feature by Warner Bros.
Chris Henchy, a partner with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay in Gary Sanchez Productions, has been hired to write the screenplay. Henchy also penned previous Ferrell vehicles Land of the Lost, The Other Guys and The Campaign.
The series followed the lives of Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, his best friend Barney Rubble and Rubble’s wife and Wilma’s best friend, Betty, in the Stone Age town of Bedrock. The Flintstones first aired on ABC back in 1960, staying on air as a primetime cartoon for another 6 years. Airing in syndication ensured that the cartoon series was to have a life for decades afterwards, becoming the most financially successful network animated franchise until The Simpsons knocked it off its pedestal.
Universal produced the live-action 1994 film adaptation, which featured John Goodman as lead character Fred Flintstone. The film was considered pretty bad by the critics, but the film was a box-office hit, earning over $340 million worldwide with a budget of $46 million. A sequel, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, followed in 2000. The film was a huge flop.
Just to refresh your memory of the classic cartoon, here’s the well-known (second version) opening for The Flintstones: