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This Beloved Futuristic Cartoon Is Getting New Life On The Big Screen

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The JetsonsBy now practically everything else has been rebooted, revamped, updated, bastardized, or otherwise given a modern day makeover, so it’s actually a little bit surprising that this hasn’t happened already, but it looks like we’re getting a new version of The Jetsons. The idea has surfaced a few times over the years (there were even reports of a live-action movie that involved Kanye West in some capacity), but while nothing has ever materialized, this time sound like it means business and it might actually happen.

Deadline reports that the beloved family from the future will likely get a new life via a big screen animated adaptation from Warner Bros. They’ve even hired screenwriter Matt Lieberman to tackle the script. You’re probably most familiar with Lieberman’s work from 2008’s epic Dr. Doolittle: Tail to the Chief, though he also handled the writing duties for the upcoming Short Circuit reboot, another long-gestating project. He’s also been linked to a new, supposed-to-be-theatrically-released Scooby-Doo movie, but we’ll have to see about that.

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Meet Jibo, The Real-Life Rosie The Robot

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JiboWe have robots that make coffee, robots that help teach autistic children, and robots that want to hang out with your grandma to keep her from feeling lonely. And now there’s Jibo, the “family robot.”

MIT’s Personal Robots Group founder, Cynthia Breazeal, created Jibo. The robot, which recently raised over $2 million on Indiegogo, invokes R2D2, Short Circuit’s Johnny Five, and the Jetson’s robot maid, Rosie. Just under a foot tall, weighing six pounds, and made of aluminum, plastic, and glass, he’s a helpful little bugger—and the video insists that Jibo’s a “he,” not an “it”—taking video and photos on command, and has tracking capabilities so he won’t be capturing images of the wall. He also engages in conversation; reads aloud incoming texts and emails, as well as reminders; provides a number of different interactive and education applications; and serves as a conduit for telepresence.

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Kanye West Trying To Make The Jetsons Movie, No Really

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Hollywood has toyed with the idea of making a Jetsons movie since the live-action Flintstones film was kind of a hit in the 90s. Most recently auteur Robert Rodriguez was supposed to be doing it, but like most of the projects he promises, it never actually happened. Now it seems the job has fallen to, of all people, Kanye West.

Yes I’m talking about the prolific, award-winning rapper for who ten minutes or so made everyone in the world feel really sorry for Taylor Swift. Kanye tweeted the news of his involvement in making a feature out of The Jetsons himself saying, “I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson movie.”

Lest you think this was just some late night, alcohol fueled Twitter fantasy spewed up by Kanye, the whole thing has actually been confirmed. Jetsons producer Denise Di Novi tells MTV that, yes indeed, she’s been talking to Kanye. Di Novi explains, “Kanye’s always been a Jetsons fan, I think because he’s so into design and he loves the design aspects.”