It’s inevitable: every movie or show you ever loved will return in some form or another, and in the case of the 1962/’63 Hanna-Barbera toon The Jetsons, we’re going back to the future in two different formats. In addition to that animated feature under Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon, it appears Warner Bros. wants to re-introduce TV audiences to George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy and Jane, his wife, in the form of a live-action sitcom.
Oh, and Robert Zemeckis is all set to Executive Produce, alongside Family Guy EP Gary Janetti. The original animated show, introduced as a future parallel to The Flintstones, was set 100 years in the future (the year 2062), and according to TV Line that 100 year gap will remain in tact, with the series taking place in 2118. Although, hopefully not much else will change in terms of the design; a big reason The Jetsons has stuck around in the public consciousness is its charming (now) retro-futuristic aesthetic.
Well, that and the fact that they’ve started doing direct-to-video movies featuring WWE superstars being unfrozen a la Captain America, but that’s something even most wrestling fans seem to ignore. We did also get a taste of what a live-action Jetsons might feel like in Justin Lin’s neat Arconic advertisement, though I get that sense that’s more “our future” than the stylized one we’re likely to see in this new series.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, though in the meantime, there’s no way we aren’t going to start fan-casting. Damian Lewis would make a killer George Jetson in some Funny or Die parody of a more “serious” version, but it’ll be a genuine shame if Danny DeVito isn’t cast as Cosmo Spacely, his boss at Spacely Space Sprockets. Throw in Julian Dennison as Elroy and Kristen Schaal as the voice of Rosie and you’re on your way to a sitcom classic.
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