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Robert Zemeckis Is Rebooting ‘The Jetsons’ As A Live-Action TV Sitcom

Disney-owned ABC has ordered a pilot for a live-action multi-camera Jetsons sitcom.

Gary Janetti, a writer/producer on shows like Family Guy, Vicious, and Will & Grace, is writing the pilot. He will executive produce, along with Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke through their company, Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine will co-executive produce.

Hanna-Barbera’s The Jetsons first premiered in 1962 as a Sunday primetime show on ABC. The series, which follows the day-to-day life of a family who lives 100 years in the future, was designed as a follow-up to H-B’s other breakout hit on ABC, the prehistoric Flintstones,, which had debuted a couple years earlier.

ABC’s order is for a put pilot, which increases the chance of the project reaching series.

The Jetsons are owned by Time Warner. Warner Bros. Animation is also currently developing an animated Jetsons feature, to be helmed by Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon.

  • Oh god…
    …Why in the world does this picture look like a 2017 Halloween costume catalog!? FAIL!!

    • Tony

      I think because it is from a Halloween catalog. Since the pilot was just announced, there’s obviously no picture of it to show, so CB went with the cheesiest live-action Jetsons picture they could find.

  • deanareeno

    Based on the header, guaranteed Amid’s most recent Google image search is: “Sexy Jetsons Halloween costumes”.

    • So it’s not the real deal then?

    • Elsi Pote

      Well, I wont be dissapointed in thinking those photos came from the Jetsons porn parody.

  • Andres Molina

    It has to be live-action isn’t it. I’m all for a reboot, but at the same time, leave the originals alone, but if they’re really going to reboot it, why reboot it as a Big Bang Theory like show? You have a creative, science fiction premise and instead of making it animated, you’re going to filmed it as multi-camera live action? First the multi camera aspect would make the show feel cheap and limited, and seriously, live-action? The characters and settings just feel too colorful and wacky to be converted into a grounded, realistic looking sitcom. The mere fact itself that they’re doing live action is itself evidence that the makers of this show don’t really understand or even respect the source material. It’s like doing a live action Adventure Time, or a live action Simpsons, it wouldn’t be the same, and it wouldn’t be as good. Keep cartoons, cartoons, or reboot something thats already live-action in the first place.

    • SnicksterFace

      Where does it say it’ll be a multi camera show? All it says is that it’ll be a sitcom, Arrested Development is considered a sitcom. Seth McFarlane’s Orville is considered a sitcom.

      While I agree an updated Jetsons would be better as a cartoon, I feel like the producers want a more adult tone, and simply airing an animated reboot of Jetsons in primetime won’t confuse some parents into thinking it could be tame like Ducktales.

      • Andres Molina

        Read the opening caption:”Disney-owned ABC has ordered a pilot for a live-action multi-camera Jetsons sitcom.” Also I believe that an adult tone doesn’t mean it should be live action though.

  • Doconnor

    The first season of Red Dwarf was a made as a multi-camera sitcom.

    It could work with the Jetsons since they spend a lot of time at home, at work or driving around.

    You should post the original pre-synthesizer version of the theme:

  • Some Guy

    Now that we actually -live- in the future… is there really any real point to the Jetsons?

    I love Zemeckis. I really do. But… it’s 2017. Not 1967.

  • Marti386

    Forget that. When are you going to give me season 2 of Johnny Bago, Zemeckis?

  • GOATmaybe

    I really don’t see the point, but the concept is good enough that it could be modernized.

  • Gross. Seriously, is nothing sacred. First, the Flintstones and Scooby Doo, and now this? Warner Bros., why?

  • rolo

    I am getting so depressed with the news everyday. I would love for this show to be beautifully made with a commitment to make it awesome with details about the future- that actually are positive and funny. The Jetsons (and their flying cars) are relevant because in the show we see families in the future that are thriving- not just slogging through a dark world where the worst of humanity has won.

  • wikcat

    “The Boobsons”