The Flintstones is making its return to television. Thanks to Elizabeth Banks, the sequel series, Bedrock, has been picked up by Fox.
The show is going to be an animated adult comedy, similar to the original version. Banks will be voicing Pebble Flintstone even while she produces the series.
Over the past couple of years, Banks has been working with Warner Bros. Animation. As part of her deal with Brownstone Productions, the two sides have finally found a home for the Flintstones project.
While this isn’t the first version in recent history to be made, it is the first to be green-lit. Ten years ago, Seth MacFarlane tried to get Fox to air a reboot of The Flintstones, but it was never picked up.
Now, though, Bedrock will be the first animated sequel to the original series. So, what will the new show look like?
In many respects, it will be very similar to the original series. Fred is reportedly close to retirement, and the 20-year-old Pebbles is trying to pave her own way through life. Additionally, the show will be moving away from the Stone Age and into the new, shiny Bronze Age.
Much of the show will be about the challenges in the shift between ages. However, a lot is still unknown about the new Flintstones. Fans are eager to see how Banks will portray Pebbles in the new version.
The Flinstones Are Making a Comeback
Lindsay Kerns is writing the pilot script for the show. She also wrote Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and DC Super Hero Girls.
The original Flintstones series ran for six seasons on ABC. Interestingly, it was the first animated series to earn a primetime slot on air. Additionally, that series and its 166 episodes were also acquired by Fox. The network will air those episodes on May 1 as the show celebrates its 60-year anniversary.
Michael Thorn, the President of Entertainment for Fox, is excited about the show. In a recent interview, he talked about how eager he is for Bedrock.
“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,” Thorn said. “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.”
Additionally, the Executive Vice President of Blue Ribbon Content and Alternative Programming at Warner Bros. Animation, Peter Girardi, shared the same sentiments about the Flintstones reboot.
“The Flintstones is the first family of primetime animation,” Girardi said. “Elizabeth and Lindsay have a brilliant take on these characters, and Fox and Brownstone are the perfect partners to bring them back to primetime. This is going to rock, sorry.”