Remakes, reboots, reimagined series seem to be the thing for television right now, unless the show is about superheroes. Now, word has surfaced that the Jetsons, a cartoon from the 1960s, has received an order for a live action pilot episode by ABC.
The series, if picked up, is based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon set 100 years in the future. It would follow the misadventures of George Jetson, Jane, his wife, Judy and Elroy, the daughter and son, and robotic house maid, Rosie. Oh, and one cannot forget the lovable dog, Astro. Information about the pilot say the the series would be a multi-camera sitcom, according to Variety.
As of now, Robert Zemeckis is listed as an executive producer, as well as Jack Rapke, through Compari Entertainment. Writing will fall on Gary Janetti, as well as an executive producer credit. Janetti has produced and written for shows including Will & Grace and Family Guy. Jackie Levine, also from Compari, will be a co-executive producer, and Compare, along with Nickelby Inc. will produce the show under the Warner Bros. Television banner.
The original animated series ran for a total of 24 episodes from 62-63. The primetime cartoon was a counterpart/companion to the hit cartoon, The Flintsones. In 1985, Hanna-Barbera tried to revive the series with 41 new episodes. In 1990, Jetsons: The Movie was released in theaters. There were also special Jetsons and The Flintstones crossover movies, and in 2017, the family teamed up with the WWE for a direct to DVD release of The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!
In an attempt to follow The Flintstones, there have been various tries to adapt the animated show into a live-action film over the years. At one time, Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Til Dawn) was set to direct the live-action comedy. Hanna-Barbara, which is owned by Warner Bros, has a new Jetsons animated series in the works. This new series will be directed by Conrad Vernon, a co-director of Sausage Party.
There is no word yet on who will be taking on the roles of the Jetson family, but if done right, could be either a huge hit for ABC, or a major flop. The Flintstones movie had the casting nailed, but fell flat with the storyline. It was a box office hit, even though the movie was panned by critics. It did spawn a sequel, without any of the cast from the original film, which was a total flop to both critics and fans. Hopefully the Jetsons being adapted for television will do much better.
By Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy The Jetsons Movie Website