FOX Broadcasting entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters in New York that Seth McFarlane will be producing a remake of the classic animated cartoon “The Flintstones” for it’s 2013 line-up.
Production for the show will begin in the Fall of 2011. The show is set to premiere along side McFarlane’s other popular Fox animated series’ The Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show.
“The Flintstones are among the funniest and most beloved characters in television history, and we can’t wait to introduce them to a whole new generation on Fox,” said Reilly. “Fox has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintstones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air.”
The original series aired for six years from 1960 to 1966 and spent decades in syndication. The show celebrated its 50th birthday on September 30th, 2010. The original Flintstones concept was about the challenges and joys of a regular working-class Stone-Age family and the adventures they had with their next-door neighbors the Rubbles. While the main concept and characters will stay the same McFarlane indicated that the story-lines will be updated for a modern audience , saying “What’s the [prehistoric] version of an iPod?”
“The very first cartoon character I drew at age 2 was Fred Flintstone. So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise,” said McFarlane. “Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him,” he adds with his trademark sarcasm.
There is no official word yet on who will provide the new voices for the iconic characters, but McFarlane will no doubt provide the voiceovers for at least some of the characters. The original cast included voice over greats like Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, John Stephenson and Daws Butler and included Verna Felton, Janet Waldo, and Harvey Korman.