In thoroughly not surprising news, ABC has reportedly ordered a live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons. It’s being planned as a multi-camera sitcom set 100 years in the future, and will examine the famous Jetson family through a “modern filter.” Which could mean anything — maybe they will try to inject some diversity into the characters, or maybe the whole show will go gritty and grimdark. You know, kick off with a murder mystery and end with the big reveal that Judy was a replicant the entire time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A pilot has been already ordered (from writer Gary Janetti, who has worked on Family Guy and Will & Grace), which means there is a strong chance that it will go through to series. The original cartoon debuted in 1962, with an optimistic view of what life would be like in the Space Age that was firmly entrenched in its time. Housewives and homemakers could rely on female robots to serve as maids and do all the actual work. Middle-class households on one income could afford a flying vehicle. Moving walkways could take you straight to your desk. And best of all - no internet!
Sure, there is a lot of wiggle room in the concept of an idealized future, and maybe now is the time to develop a Jetsons update that reflects the progress made in the past 50+ years. But then I remembered that live-action adaptation of The Flinstones…
You’re probably waiting for me to make a joke. I’m not gonna. That shit is goddamn delightful. They straight up made a weird live-action version of the cartoon, down to the tiniest details. It starred personal hero John Goodman and a pre-retirement Rick Moranis — and they made Kyle MacLachlan wear a pelt. I want ABC to do THIS kind of reboot. An unapologetic homage to the old cartoon. Sure, make it more diverse, but don’t feel the need to make a thing out of it. And don’t scrimp on the weird cartoony bits either. MOVING WALKWAYS FOR EVERYBODY!