'The Flintstones': Will Ferrel Has New Animated Movie in the Works

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:42 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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Fred, Wilma, and the rest of the Flintstones may soon be coming back to the silver screen in a new full-length animated feature film produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Henchy, script writer for 2012's "The Campaign," starring Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, will also write "Flintstones."

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The original Hanna-Barbera cartoon set in the modern Stone Age town of Bedrock ran in primetime from 1960 to 1966, and became one of the most syndicated shows of all time. It was the first animated show to ever receive a nomination at the primetime Emmy Awards, and was supposed to be a parody of Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners," CBS News reports.

Reboots of the franchise include the 1994 live-action film produced by Steven Spielberg and starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was high grossing, although it received scathing reviews from critics. The sequel, "Viva Rock Vegas," grossed only $35.3 million on a reported budget of $83 million, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Seth McFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy," recently tried his own Flintstones reboot, but left it by the wayside over issues with the pilot script.

Turner Broadcasting purchased the rights to Hanna-Barbera in 1991, and Warner has access to the franchise's rights as of 1996, when Time Warner acquired Turner.

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