The classic animated television show "The Flintstones" is getting a remake from "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show" creator Seth MacFarlane, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
MacFarlane’s "Family Guy" is much more edgy a show than the original, more traditionally family-oriented "Flintstones."
Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly told TVWeek that MacFarlane’s updating of "The Flintstones" will keep it more in line with the original family version as opposed to the edgier "Family Guy."
Reilly also noted that the the updating of the show was MacFarlane’s idea, and that Fox has spent two years negotiating with Warner Bros. to get the new version off-the-ground. "The Flintstones" was originally produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. That company was bought by Turner Broadcasting in 1991, which in turn was later purchased by Warner Bros.
According to the THR story, MacFarlane talked about his plans to ad buyers during Fox’s upfront presentation Monday, noting that one of the first things he drew when he was 2 years old was Fred Flintstone.
The original series debuted on ABC in September, 1960, and was the first animated cartoon series in primetime on a national TV network.
Some updates will be needed, such as "What’s the animal version of the iPod? That’s the kind of thing we have to think about," he said, although much of the show will remain the same.
Reilly said the series, which came together in the past few days, will start production immediately and will air in the fall of 2013, according to the THR story.