Warner Brothers is looking to make a live-action sitcom remake of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons.
In the ‘old TV days’, The Jetsons was a popular ’60s animated series about an all-American nuclear family residing in a “futuristic, outer-space utopia” known as Orbit City. With a talking dog named Astro, of course.
As first teased by TVLine, a Warner Bros. spokesperson declined to comment, but sources confirm that the studio — which has hired Family Guy EP Gary Janetti to shepherd the potential series — will begin shopping the multi-cam project around to broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks. Janetti would also serve as an EP alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine is a Co-EP. Nickleby, Inc. and Compari Entertainment would produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The move comes as Warner Bros. continues to develop an animated Jetsons feature film, a quasi remake of the 1990 pic that was directed by Hanna-Barbera founder Joseph Barbera.
The Jetsons was basically the counterpoint to Hanna-Barbera’s mega successful The Flinstones, but unlike the Stone Age-set series, The Jetsons only lasted one season and 24 episodes before being consigned to Saturday morning syndication for eternity. Eventually, some 20 years later, a new Jetsons show was created and lasted a bit longer, ultimately concluding in 1989 due to the deaths of stars George O’Hanlon and Mel Blanc. The 1990 animated film Jetsons: The Movie ended up serving as the series finale. Earlier this year, the brand was resurrected to appear in a straight-to-DVD crossover movie with the WWE: