The market for revivals of beloved franchises is still alive and well, as the return of both Twin Peaks and the Alien series proved over the weekend. That means there are still plenty of projects in the works hoping to take advantage of our nostalgia, and a new big-screen version of The Jetsons is among them.
Not to be confused with the proposed live-action version that emerged in 2012 and then seemed to fade, this project would restore George Jetson and family to animated glory in their first theatrical release since 1990. Back in 2015, Warner Bros. announced the project and commissioned a script from Matt Lieberman (who's also writing the studio's new Scooby-Doo film), but we haven't heard much about it since. Now, The Jetsons are moving forward with an animation veteran at the helm.
Variety reports that Conrad Vernon -- who co-directed the R-rated animated comedy hit Sausage Party, as well as Shrek 2 and Madagascar 3 -- has been hired to further develop the film, as well as potentially direct it when the production reaches that stage. Vernon brings more than 20 years of film animation experience to the project, including work as a character designer, storyboard artist and voice actor. He's been tied to some of the biggest animation franchises of the 21st century with Shrek and Madagascar, as well as Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens -- so The Jetsons are in experienced hands.
That said, the project still has a long way to go. Warners hasn't slated a release date yet, which means we will likely be waiting a good while for casting news or a peek at character designs. But now that someone is shepherding the Jetson family forward, this could hit the family film release calendar very soon.