Warner Bros. is going cartoon crazy as they set up a slew of animation-inspired movies. New Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Flintstones movies and more are currently in the works. The plan is for Warners to embrace their classic characters, with hopes of crafting animated features and live-action hybrids. Tim Story, director of Fantastic Four, is handling Tom and Jerry, while Harry Potter helmer Chris Columbus is producing Scooby-Doo.
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Channing Dungey, President ABC Entertainment, spoke with reporters about the network’s upcoming pilot slate after her Television Critics Association executive session. One in development is a gender flipped Indian-American Greatest American Hero from Fresh off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan.
“We’re actually developing a reboot of The Greatest American Hero that stars an Indian American woman,” Dungey said. “That comes to us from Nahnatchka Khan.”
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After years of development for the big screen and the small screen, Hanna-Barbera’s futuristic cartoon The Jetsons will be reborn on ABC as a live-actino multi-camera comedy. Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke will act as executive producers, and Gary Janetti, whose writing and producing credits include Family Guy and Will and Grace, will also executive produce and write the show. While there aren’t many other details out, the news is yet another chapter in Warner Bros. saga to bring The Jetsons back into today’s pop culture.
Bringing The Jetsons to the TV screen is probably the easiest way to introduce the show to a new audience because The Jetsons has threatened to come to theaters many, many times. Even Kanye West tried to bring The Jetsons to the big screen as the film’s creative director. Currently, Warner Bros. seems to have settled on an animated Jetsons movie, with Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon hired to bring the space-age family to the big screen. But despite Warner Bros. finally finding a way to go forward with their long-suffering Jetsons film, the question still remains: What’s so difficult about bringing a simple Hanna-Barbera cartoon to the big screen? For some possible answers, let’s turn to The Flintstones.
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Update: Variety reports that ABC has officially ordered a live-action The Jetsons pilot. Robert Zemeckis is still set to executive produce. Our original story follows below.
Discussions about a live-action movie based on Hanna-Barbera’s 1960s cartoon, The Jetsons, began in the 1990s. Most recently, an animated version at Warner Bros. picked up some momentum with the hiring of Sausage Party co-director, Conrad Vernon. While The Jetsons may finally hit the big screen (again) in the coming years, they may return to television as well.
Below, learn more about The Jetsons live-action series in the works.
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A new big screen adaptation of The Jetsons has been in the works since before /Film even existed. Around the time the live-action adaptation of The Flintstones was released in the ’90s, there was chatter about giving the same treatment to The Jetsons. In the mid-to-late ’00s, Robert Rodriguez was attached to the project, but he seems to have fallen away in recent years in favor of a new animated adaptation of the classic cartoon instead.
The last we heard anything about The Jetsons as a film property was that an animated movie was in the works at Warner Bros. Animation Group with Matt Lieberman scripting the adaptation. Now the project is getting another kick in the space pants with Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon coming on to develop the new take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
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When I was growing up in the ’90s, channels like Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network were gaining popularity and figuring out exactly what they wanted to be in the rapidly expanding world of cable television. The result was plenty of experimental cartoons that maybe shouldn’t have been expressly for kids (such as Ren & Stimpy and Johnny Bravo), but that also meant that there were classic cartoons from decades past that were finding traction with the children of parents who grown up with them a generation before.
In recent years, as each of those networks has expanded their reach of original programming, going so far as to have spin-off channels like Teen Nick and Disney XD. Sadly, this means classic cartoons have gone by the wayside, and there hasn’t been an easy way for those who want to watch shows like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and more. But that’s about to change with the new Boomerang subscription service.
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There have been conversations surrounding a live-action version of The Jetsons for many years now. For a while, Robert Rodriguez was attached to direct, and he even shot some tests for the film. He left the project before returning to it, but for unknown reasons, he exited the director’s chair a second time. Last year, Warner Bros. got the ball rolling on an animated Jetsons film, but we’ve heard little about it since. It looks like we won’t see a live-action Jetsons movie anytime soon, despite Yeezy’s best efforts, but at least we can see director Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) bring the Jetson family to real life in an ad.
Below, check out Justin Lin’s The Jetsons live-action commercial.
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In the world of motion pictures, there is an entire team of people whose job it is to create sound effects. This work ranges from duplicating the sounds of the real world, such as shoes stepping on pavement or gun shots, to creating sounds like no one has ever heard before, such as the engine of the Millennium Falcon or a flying dragon. Most of the time, entirely new sounds are created for each and every movie, but sometimes sound effects from the past get reused as well. A video round-up of ten of them can be found below. Read More »
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Last summer we learned that Warner Bros. was putting together a new big screen version of Scooby-Doo, but at the time it wasn’t clear if it would be another live-action/CG hybrid or if the studio would return to Hanna-Barbera cartoon roots with an animated feature film. Now we have our answer.
The animated Scooby-Doo reboot feature will be an animated film from the Warner Animation Group banner, which had quite a big debut with The LEGO Movie, and they’ve brought in some promising talent with a history bringing Scooby-Doo to life in animated form. Read More »
Everyone’s favorite futuristic family, The Jetsons, have been around for a while. They started in the Sixties, had a movie made back in 1990 and, over the past few years, several people – including Kanye West – have been thinking about making another. Well, the needle is moving once again on a new Jetsons movie and, this time, it’s a lot more believable. Warner Bros. has hired Matt Lieberman to penning a screenplay to a new animated feature. Read More »