Animation juggernaut Seth MacFarlane has just gotten permission to move forward on reboots of “The Flintstones” as both both a TV show and a film. No word on whether or not the film would be animated (pleasedearGodyes) or yet another live-action film (pleasedearGodnoespeciallyifitinvolvesStephenBaldwin).
Understandably, the previous owners of the rights were concerned with MacFarlane’s track record of raunchy programming and how that would play with the venerable property. However, they made their peace with his involvement, probably around the same time that 20th Century Fox started backing up dump trucks of money to their houses.
I don’t see much upside to this news. Either MacFarlane will make it raunchy (and probably pretty entertaining) this time around, ruining the show’s legacy, or he will play it straight and give us an unfunny, dated cartoon, which everyone will have deemed unnecessary. I’m hoping for the former, but mostly I’m just hoping this doesn’t happen. (Deadline)