Yabba Dabba Doo: The Flintstones Are Stepping into a New Age
Wilma… and Will Ferrell?
The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Warner Bros. is welcoming the Stone Age family to the 21st century. The studio is teaming with funny man Ferrell, Chris Henchy, and Adam McKay under their Gary Sanchez Productions banner to develop an animated, feature-length Flintstones film based on the 1960s original.
TV Guide ranked The Flintstones as the second-best cartoon of all time, and the ABC show was the top-ranked, and most financially successful animated series from its 1960 debut through its 1966 finale–up until The Simpsonspremiered in 1989. It was syndicated for decades, introducing new generations to the mishaps of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, and enjoyed spin-off success with a total of 12 television series, 12 television specials, five television movies, two live-action films, and one animated feature (which hit theaters after the show’s 1966 cancellation).
A Flintstones revival was initially underway in 2011, when Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane sought to bring it back to the small screen on Fox by 2013. That project was eventually dropped, but WWE Studios moved ahead with its own Bedrock plans. The company is releasing an animated, direct-to-video movie about a “prehistoric WWE main event” early next year.
No more word on what Ferrell and company have up their sleeves, but whenever their Flintstones flick gets the green light, we’ll have plenty of yabba dabba doos!