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The Flintstones 'is coming back to TV' as Elizabeth Banks has been hired


The Flintstones ‘is coming back to TV’ as Elizabeth Banks has been hired to redo the Sixties animated classic into a primetime show

It’s 53 years since Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble and their modern stone age families officially left the small screen.

Now they could be back, according to Variety, but in a somewhat different format.

Actress-producer Elizabeth Banks is teaming up with Warner Bros Animation on an animated adult comedy series based on characters from the original cartoon that ran for six seasons and more than 150 episodes on ABC between 1960 and 1966. 

The modern stone age family: Actress-producer Elizabeth Banks is teaming with Warner Bros. Animation on an animated adult comedy series based on characters from the original cartoon

The modern stone age family: Actress-producer Elizabeth Banks is teaming with Warner Bros. Animation on an animated adult comedy series based on characters from the original cartoon

The series followed the The Flintstones – Fred, Wilma, toddler daughter Pebbles, and family pet Dino – who live in Bedrock.

Of course, it also features their neighbors the Rubbles -Fred’s best friend Barney, Wilma’s best friend Betty, and their little boy, Bamm-Bamm.

There have been many spin-off television specials over the years and two live-action big screen films.

The Flintstones came first in 1994, starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Perkins as Fred, Barney, Betty and Wilma, respectively.

Boss lady: Banks (L) and Laverne Cox pose backstage after the 'A Conversation Between Elizabeth Banks and Laverne Cox' panel in June

Boss lady: Banks (L) and Laverne Cox pose backstage after the ‘A Conversation Between Elizabeth Banks and Laverne Cox’ panel in June

It was followed six years later with The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas, with Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston and Jane Krakowski as Fred, Barney, Betty and Wilma. 

The buzz about the new project comes seven years after Family Guy and American Dad! creator Seth MacFarlane first teased plans for a Flintstones revival in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That didn’t pan out because the president of Fox Entertainment didn’t love the script.

Live action: The Flintstones bowed in 1994 starring, from left,  Rosie O’Donnell  and Rick Moranis as Betty and Barney Rubble, and John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins as Fred and Wilma Flintstone

Live action: The Flintstones bowed in 1994 starring, from left,  Rosie O’Donnell  and Rick Moranis as Betty and Barney Rubble, and John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins as Fred and Wilma Flintstone

‘It’s still in the early stages. I’m finishing a rewrite on the pilot,’ said Seth, now 45, during an appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March 2012. 

‘We’re trying to, essentially, stay true to what that show is. There’s something cool to me about, in 2013, turning on your TV and seeing The Flintstones and having it look like The Flintstones.’

Meanwhile, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! — an animated show aimed at children about the adventures of Flintstone and Rubble kids, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm — is set to premiere on Boomerang next year, according The Hollywood Reporter. 

The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas: It starred from left, Stephen Baldwin and Kristen Johnston as Barney and Betty and Mark Addy and Jane Krakowski as Fred and Wilma

The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas: It starred from left, Stephen Baldwin and Kristen Johnston as Barney and Betty and Mark Addy and Jane Krakowski as Fred and Wilma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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