Warner Brothers has been trying for some time to bring ‘The Jetsons’ to the big screen. ‘Jetsons’ will be based on the classic 1960s/1980s Hanna-Barbera cartoon about the space-age family of George, Jane, Judy, (his boy) Elroy, and their dog Astro. ‘The Jetsons’ first aired in 1962 as a sci-fi counterpoint to Hanna-Barbera’s other hit ‘The Flintstones’.
When we last heard about the live-action ‘Jetsons’ back in 2009, Warner Brothers had a script from ‘Fanboys’ scribe Adam F. Goldberg and rumored to have ‘Sin City’ and ‘Spy Kids’ director Robert Rodriguez attached. Since then, not much has been said about the project.
But now it seems like ‘The Jetsons’ are on the move again. Variety reported yesterday that Warner Brothers has just hired Van Robichaux and Evan Susser to rewrite Goldberg’s screenplay. Robichaux and Susser are relative newcomers to the Hollywood game, with their only real credit being a television show called ‘What’s Going On? with Mike Mitchell’. However, the pair did pen the script for the fake-documentary ‘Chewie’. ‘Chewie’ won the 2011 “black list” award for popular unfilmed screenplays.
Of course, at this point, Warner Brothers will be looking for a new director as well. ‘Jetsons’ producer Denise Di Novi said last year that Rodriguez was off the project as his vision for the movie “wasn’t a mainstream studio version”. What does that mean for the vision we’ll finally get on the big screen? Maybe Kanye West knows. The singer reported via Twitter earlier this month that he was in talks to be creative director on ‘The Jetsons’. Whether there’s any truth in that remains to be confirmed.
Stay tuned for more updates on the space-age family film as we get them.