Fox is preparing to meet The Flintstones — again.
Star and Executive producer Elizabeth Banks and the Fox Television network is teaming with Warner Bros. Animation to develop Bedrock, an update of the classic animated series. First announced almost two years ago, the series is set 20 years after the 1960s series and centers on a grown-up Pebbles Flintstone (voiced by Banks). Lindsay Kerns (Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, DC Super Hero Girls) will write the pilot script.
“Long before the Simpsons and Springfield, the Griffins and Quahog or even when the Belchers started serving burgers on Ocean Avenue, there were the Flintstones and Bedrock,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn. “Their imprint on the animation universe is undeniable and the idea of adapting it for today’s audience is a challenge we here at Fox are very much looking forward to taking on with Warner Bros., Elizabeth and Lindsay. No pressure whatsoever, really.”
In the new series Bedrock, it’s Pebbles Flintsone who takes center stage as a young woman in her early 20’s, beginning her own career while her dad, Fred, nears retirement. With the Stone Age giving way to an enlightened new Bronze Age, the residents of Bedrock will find this evolution “harder than a swing from Bamm-Bamm’s club,” per the show’s logline.
“The Flintstones are the first family of primetime animation,” said Peter Girardi, executive vp alternative programming at Warner Bros. Animation. “Elizabeth and Lindsay have a brilliant take on these characters, and Fox and [Banks’ company] Brownstone are the perfect partners to bring them back to primetime. This is going to rock (sorry).”
Fox attempted a new Flintstones series once before. The network gave a straight-to-series order for a reboot from Seth MacFarlane a decade ago but after reading early scripts in 2012, decided it wasn’t a direction they wanted to go in.
The original series The Flintstones, produced by Hanna-Barbera, aired from 1960 to 1966 on ABC Television, and was the first primetime animated series on American TV. The show has since cemented a place in pop culture via numerous animated spinoffs and a pair of live-action films in 1994 and 2000. Fox’s free streaming platform Tubi has landed rights to the original series and will begin running it on May 1.
Fox’s slate is heavy with animated shows. Bedrock will join other series on the network, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, The Great North, Duncanville, the upcoming Housebroken, and a show from Dan Harmon slated to premiere in 2022.
Ms. Banks’ most visible role in the geeking world was that of Effie Trinket in all three Hunger Games movies, between 2012 and 2014. She also played the role of Tori Breyer in the dark Superman parody Brightburn, and was the voice of Lucy / Wyldstyle in the LEGO movies.
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