FOX Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks have joined forces to develop BEDROCK, a primetime animated adult comedy series continuing the story of everyone’s favorite modern Stone Age family, the Flintstones. The pilot script will be written by Lindsay Kerns (“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous,” “DC Super Hero Girls,” “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!”), with Banks voicing the character of “Pebbles Flintstone,” in addition to her role as a producer.
BEDROCK catches up with the Flintstone family two decades after the original, with Fred on the brink of retirement and 20-something Pebbles embarking on her own career. As the Stone Age gives way to a shiny and enlightened new Bronze Age, the residents of Bedrock will find this evolution harder than a swing from Bamm-Bamm’s club.
In addition, FOX Entertainment’s free streaming platform Tubi has acquired the AVOD rights to all six seasons of the iconic series “The Flintstones,” including all 166 episodes, which will begin streaming on Tubi on May 1.
Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, “The Flintstones” was television’s first primetime animated series — airing for six seasons, spanning 166 episodes – and was also the first animated program nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. This past fall, the franchise celebrated its 60th anniversary.
If picked up to series, BEDROCK will be co-produced by Warner Bros. Animation and FOX Entertainment. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will executive-produce through Brownstone Productions (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, “Charlie’s Angels,” “Shrill”). Brownstone’s Dannah Shinder, and Lindsay Kerns (“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous,” “DC Super Hero Girls,” “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!”) will serve as co-executive producers.
We have a long way to go here given that FOX was developing a primetime reboot of The Flintstones with Seth MacFarlane before the show was ultimately passed on. That said, it’s interesting that HBO MAX didn’t jump all over this, however, FOX is home to series from Universal Studios, 20th Television, etc, so maybe this one can come to fruition with the multitude of other animated franchises that FOX is developing and producing.