You know what they say: everything old is new again. In the TV and film world of reboots, reimaginings, and revivals we live in, no “classic” property would be considered sacred enough to be untouchable. Today brings word of a head-scratcher of a revival: none other than Robert Zemeckis himself is working to create a new TV show based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon series ‘The Jetsons’ – and the new version will be live-action.
Production company Warner Brothers is helming the revival efforts, per TVLine. Even though the company has declined to “officially” comment at this time, sources say that the project will be shopped around to TV networks in the coming weeks. ‘Family Guy’ Executive Producer Gary Janetti is said to be showrunning the project, with Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine serving as Executive Producers.
‘The Jetsons’ is a property that Warner Brothers has long wanted to “bring back,” although this is the first mention of a live-action capacity. The company has been working on an animated Jetsons film for years now, seemingly without much traction made.
In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s what the original show was all about, courtesy of Wikipedia:
The Jetsons live in a futuristic utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions; The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with primetime reruns continuing through September 22, 1963. It debuted as the first program broadcast in color on ABC-TV. (Only a handful of ABC-TV stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s.)
We’ll keep you updated as more news of this potential new series develops!