Not sure how this is going to work out, but the co-director of the raunchy Seth Rogan animated flick ‘Sausage Party’ has signed on to develop and possibly direct the animated big screen version of ‘The Jetsons’.
‘The Jetsons’ was a prime time animated series by Hanna-Barbera that debuted in 1962 as a companion to ‘The Flintstones’. While ‘The Flintstones’ was set in the stone age, ‘The Jetsons’ was all about the far future (in a 1960s kinda way), complete with flying cars and moving sidewalks. ‘The Jetsons’ hit the big screen in 1990, but unfortunately flopped. But in 1994, Hanna Barbera and parent company Warner Brothers had success with a live action film based on ‘The Flintstones’ starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O’Donnell and Halle Berry with a cameo by Elizabeth Taylor. (Less successful was the straight-to-video sequel ‘The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas with Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin filling in for Goodman and Moranis.)
But ever since that time, Warner Brothers has been trying to develop a live-action version of the sidekick show, ‘The Jetsons’. It would appear that plans have changed and that WB is again going for an animated approach.
Conrad Vernon, who co-directed ‘Sausage Party’ with Greg Tiernan has been attached to develop ‘The Jetsons’, with an eye on directing. Previously, WB had deals with Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez to direct a live action version, but clearly those plans fizzled.
‘The Jetsons’ starred George Jetson, a corporate lackey, his housewife Jane, teeny bopper daughter Judy and young son Elroy along with semi-anthropomorphic dog Astro and robot maid Rosie, all of whom dwelled in Orbit City. George worked at Spacely Sprockets for his short, grouchy boss Mr. Cogswell. The show was revived in the 80s and the family was saddled with a typically annoying 80s sidekick, Orbitty. In the 1990 movie, Judy was voiced by mall icon Tiffany.
As for the director, Vernon has also directed ‘Shrek 2’, ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’ and ‘Madagascar 3’ among others. He has also worked as a voice actor in numerous animated projects including the recent hit ‘The Boss Baby’.
Are you interested in an animated ‘The Jetsons’ movie? How do you feel about Conrad Vernon directing?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter