Warner Bros. is heading back to the future with a feature version of “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script.
Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962 and 1963. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”
Warner Bros., which owns the Hanna-Barbera library, had been developing a live-action version of “The Jetsons” as recently as 2012 with Donald De Line and Denise Di Novi producing.
In 1990 Universal released a “Jetsons” movie directed by Joseph Barbera, co-founder of the Hanna-Barbera company and one of the creators of the original series.
Variety reported in 2013 that Lieberman had come on board to write Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo animated movie project.
Lieberman has written “12/24” for Chris Columbus’ 1492; “Giant Monsters Attack Japan” for Paramount Animation; and “The Pet” for Disney, with Jared Hess to direct. He’s repped by WME, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Melissa Rogal.
News of “The Jetsons” movie was first reported by Deadline.com.