It's been a while since The Flintstones were, well, relevant in any major way, but Warner Bros. annouced yesterday that it had two new animated features coming, one in 2017 and the other in 2018. It didn't take too long for Variety to connect one of those titles with a brand new animated Flintstones movie, and it's now reporting that writer Chris Henchy has already been earmarked to write the script.
Henchy is known for his work with Adam McKay and comedian Will Ferrell as Gary Sanchez Productions, and is a strong choice for the role, assuming the information is accurate. It could also mean there's a good chance that Ferrell will be given the opportunity to lend his vocal talents to the picture, perhaps as Fred's dim-witted sidekick, Barney Rubble?
The last time The Flintstones hit the big screen was back in 2000, when Viva Rock Vegas received a savaging from critics and tanked at the box office, earning less than $60m of its estimated $85m budget back. That movie's 1994 predecessor fared a good deal better, however, pulling in a massive $341m with a budget of just $46m. Both movies starred John Goodman as Fred, with support from Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Perkins.
Warner has yet to confirm the rumours, but if there's any truth to them we'd expect to hear something official in the next few months as the studio ramps up its efforts to attach major talent to the feature.