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Fox is going back to the Stone Age.
Elizabeth Banks is developing an “animated adult comedy series” based on “The Flintstones,” set 20 years after the original series, the network announced Tuesday.
“‘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,” the logline reads.
“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.”
Banks will voice Pebbles, who grew from a toddler all the way to her wedding day to Bamm-Bamm Rubble in “I Yabba-Dabba Do!” a 1993 TV movie.
“Long before the Simpsons and Springfield, the Griffins and Quahog or even when the Belchers started serving burgers on Ocean Avenue, there were the Flintstones and Bedrock,” Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment, said in a statement.
“Their imprint on the animation universe is undeniable and the idea of adapting it for today’s audience is a challenge we here at Fox are very much looking forward to taking on with Warner Bros., Elizabeth and [writer/producer] Lindsay [Kerns]. No pressure whatsoever, really.”
“The Flintstones” ran for six seasons and 166 episodes from 1960 to 1966, making it television’s first prime-time animated series, and launched several spinoff shows and movies.
If “Bedrock” is picked up to series, it would join Fox’s growing stable of animated shows, including “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “Duncanville” and “The Great North.”