Live-Action Jetsons Movie Gets New Writers

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It’s kind of surprising that they haven’t made a Jetsons movie yet, especially given how much effects technology has advanced over the past 20 years or so. It’s been rumored off and on for years now, under various creative teams, but it’s never really made much progress. Lately that seems to have changed, with a live-action version gearing up and rumored to involve, of all people, Kanye West. Now the Jetsons script is getting a rewrite by a pair of screenwriters best known for writing about Chewbacca.

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has hired screenwriters Van Robichaux and Evan Susser to do a rewrite pass on the latest Jetsons script, previously worked on by Adam F. Goldberg (Fanboys). Their most notable credit was penning a screenplay called Chewie, which tells the story behind the making of the original Star Wars film, from the viewpoint of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. It earned some buzz late last year when it made the Black List, an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays, as voted on by film execs. Past Black List scripts have become acclaimed films such as The King’s Speech, the Hunger Games adaptation, and I’m With Cancer, which became 50/50.

That’s all well and good, but is anybody out there actually looking forward to a Jetsons movie? I understand why Hollywood wants to make it, since it’s an existing property that people have heard of, and God knows they’ve dipped into shallower wells. Robichaux and Susser’s Chewie script is funny, clever, and surprisingly sweet, so they’ve definitely got talent. It just remains to be seen if they can figure out how to pen a Jetsons movie that’s worth anybody’s time.


  1. Mushyrocks says:

    I personally would love a Jetsons movie, however this is one more thing to keep me up at night. Admittedly the Jetsons was just the Flintstones in the future with robots replacing dinosaurs as the unhelpful home help gadgets, however think of it like this… the Jetsons was the Flintstones IN THE FUTURE!!! and WITH ROBOTS!!!! doesn’t that sound alot better? It is unfortunately the Flintstones legacy that troubles me. I mean, we’ve all seen the Flintstones movie right? And we all thought John Goodman was the obvious choice for Fred. However that is the only positive thing there is to say about that camp piece of rock turd. And the thing that really concerns me is that a live action Jetsons movie is set to repeat the same mistakes. The over reliance on putting the prefix space… or astro…. or cosmic…. before every common household item will be cringe worthy enough, not to mention the completely unsuitable cast which is bound to be drafted in from their (forced) early retirement or from the z-list of the world’s worst theatre schools. And most of all, that technology that was so amusing to the original audience doesn’t seem that far fetched anymore, most of all 2062 isn’t a hundred years in the future anymore. We even have things that resemble the gadgets of the Jetsons family home. There doesn’t appear to be much room for comedy without stretching to far from the original sense of the Jetsons or conversely retreating into a safety net of space related gags 

    • Vic Alfieri says:

       Simple. Update the gadgets so that they seem futuristic to a modern audience, can’t be that difficult.  Then leave off the space, astro and cosmic prefixes and it could work.  Live action adaptations are never gonna be exactly like the thing they’re adapted from, but as long as they have the right elements that make it recognisable as the world they’re creating from then it shouldn’t matter about the finer details.  But then I’m not pedantic when it comes to adaptations,  I know what I’m in for, so the key I find that helps is to go in with lowered expectations and leave perhaps a little surprised at what you see.

  2. Mushyrocks says:

    Also, the sixties had a very positive view of the future. i mean George only works like an hour a day! I fear a modern adaptation cannot help but reflect our pessimistic stance towards the future. We can’t have the Jetsons falling victim to the same horrific distopia we have imagined for our own culture.