In recent years, Hollywood has had quite an obsession with bringing retro cartoons on to the big screen, like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear, Garfield, as well as last year’s The Smurfs, and, like any live-action rendition of a popular cartoon, they don’t really have a great reputation. But despite the poor response they still make money, which in return makes a sequel, which makes even more money; a very common cycle for movies targeting a younger audience and families.
So, of course, when it was revealed that Warner Bros. was intending to make a live-action Jetsons movie, it understandably angered those who grew up with the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, mostly due to the iconic nostalgia that the original series had and to turn it into a big-budget film would only diminish it.
Now, the project hasn’t really moved much since it was announced, but Variety confirms that Warner Bros. has hired newcomers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux to rewrite the script. The pair have created some buzz with their spec script Chewie, that centers around Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and his account of making the original Star Wars. The script was originally being penned by Fanboys writer Adam F. Goldberg, who was one of the many writers originally signed on to the project.
So going off both Susser’s and Robichaux’s experience alone, it’s impossible to even guess if the project has the potential to be good or doomed to be the latest laughing stock, but knowing that the producers have been trying to get the project moving for a few years doesn’t sound to promising. The producers, Donald Di Line and Denise Di Novi (who both worked on Green Lantern and Yogi Bear), have had trouble sticking with a director, with both Peter Segal (Get Smart) and Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) being in talks.
But, the most surprising bit of news here? Kanye West is attached to the project to serve as an unofficial art department supervisor, so this can almost guarantee that the film will be much more than the typical CGI-riddled comedy (maybe). So what do you think? Interested in seeing the Jetsons on the big screen?