Meet 'The Flintstones'...again! New animated feature in early development

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Our favorite modern stone age family might be coming back to the big screen.

A new, full-length animated Flintstones feature is in early development at Warner Bros. with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, sources confirm to EW. Chris Henchy, who wrote The Campaign and The Other Guys, is penning the script, according to the report first published in The Hollywood Reporter.

Animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera created the beloved television show that chronicled the silly pre-historic exploits of Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles Flintstone, their dog-like dinosaur, and their friends the Rubbles. The animated prime-time sitcom ran on ABC from 1960 to 1966, when Columbia Pictures released the animated musical feature The Man Called Flintstone. Various reboots have been attempted throughout the years — short-lived series, TV specials and movies — but the iconic characters didn’t make it to the big screen again till 1994 in Universal’s PG-rated live-action comedy starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, and Rosie O’Donnell, which made a solid $130 million on a $46 million budget despite the dismal critical reception. An ill-fated sequel was attempted in 2000; Viva Rock Vegas grossed only $35.3 million on a reported budget of $83 million.

As for this new take? It’s still in those tenuous early stages of development, so very little is known about the plans or whether this will actually make it to theaters. But, in the meantime, have a yabba dabba doo time and see if you can remember all the lyrics to the classic theme.


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