Warner Bros. Animation and Brownstone Productions of Elizabeth Banks team up to create a new series "Flintstones", Variety learned exclusively.
The project, which is in its infancy, is described as a series of animated adult comedies, broadcast early, based on an original idea featuring characters from "The Flintstones". The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation. No network is currently connected.
"The Flintstones" aired for six seasons and over 150 episodes on ABC between 1960 and 1966. The series followed the misadventures of the modern Stone Age family, consisting of Fred, Wilma, Pebbles and the pet Dino. The show also featured Flintstones' neighbors, the Rubbles – Fred's best friend, Barney, Wilma's best friend, Betty, and their son, Bamm-Bamm.
There have been many attempts at new versions of the show over the years, including ephemeral series like "The New Show of Fred and Barney" and "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show". There have also been several "Flintstones" specials as well as two real action movies. Seth MacFarlane also developed a reboot series for Fox in 2011, but this project was ultimately unsuccessful.
Banks and Brownstone have recently signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Television. Banks has become an increasingly active producer in recent years, setting up numerous projects and pilot projects on all broadcast networks, as well as on cable channels and streaming platforms. Variety exclusively in June, Banks announced that Banks was currently preparing a serial adaptation of the "Over My Dead Body" podcast for WarnerMedia's streaming service, recently named HBO Max. Banks is also preparing for the release of a new film version of "Charlie's Angels", which she has written, directed and produced in addition to being performed by Bosley. She will also appear in the next drama series FX "Mrs. America."
UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham are the pioneers of the Banks and Brownstone project.