Warner Bros. has been trying to get a live-action adaptation of its classic animated series The Jetsons off the ground for more than a decade. The flick never really seems to come together, but new life seems to be stirring on the project in the form of two hot new writers. Could we finally see George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, Rosie and Astro on the big screen some day soon?
Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, who got a lot of attention late last year for their unproduced Star Wars comedy Chewie, have just been tapped to do a rewrite on the project. Who knows if this will be the final rewrite, but the tone of this flick was always going to be tough to nail. Here's what producer Denise Di Novi had to say last summer about why the project's been so hard to get off the ground.
"Part of it is that every couple of years, the genre kind of changes. I really credit Jeff Robinov at Warner Bros. with this. In choosing Christopher Nolan to do Batman, he really exploded the expectations on adapting all these kinds of titles. The pressure is on to really make them the coolest movies, and not the cornball cartoon movies. Every couple years it's changed what they thought the movie should be, and I'm hoping now we're hitting it at the right time. I've never given up on that movie."
Hopefully that doesn't mean we're about to see a dark version of The Jetsons in the style of Christopher Nolan, but Di Novi does have a point. Live action is a different animal, and the Jetson family is so identified by its cartoon face that pinning down the right spirit for a movie like this is tricky for any writer. What do you think? What would make a live-action Jetsons flick work, if it can work at all?