Pajiba Exclusive: An Update on The Jetsons
Robert Rodriguez has had his hands in a dozen in-development projects over the last year, though few of them have managed to get anywhere, including Barbarella and a sequel to Sin City, although there was some talk that the latter might get off the ground next year (whether Rodriguez will be involved is another question entirely). He is currently editing Machete, producing the Predator remake, and scripting Spy Kids 4.
What we now know he's not doing, however, is directing The Jetsons movie, which he's long been attached to. According to our source, the long in development movie has hit a lot of snags along the way. Although Warner Brothers was reportedly pleased with the script that John Altschuler and Dave Krisnky turned in last year, they weren't able to get the project going. That's partly because no talent wanted to sign on, including Jim Carrey, who passed on the role of George Jetson.
After the project nearly died over the summer and Rodriguez's latest film, Shorts, bombed at the box office, the director abandoned The Jetsons (probably to tackle one of the very many projects he's already got in development). His replacement? Peter Segal. Though a deal is not yet in place, it does look like Segal will take over. The existing script, moreover, will be scrapped, though Warner is not going to solicit new writers until Segal has officially signed.
Anyway you look at it, however, Segal -- Anger Management, Get Smart, Tommy Boy -- is definitely a downgrade from Rodriguez. But it's not like a live-action version of The Jetsons is anything anyone is particularly clamoring for, in any respect.
(H/T The Hollywood Cog)