Stop this crazy thing! Hollywood titan Robert Zemeckis to produce live-action Jetsons sitcom for ABC

They've never appeared as live action before.

But it seems that's about to change for The Jetsons, as Variety learned on Thursday.

The classic Hanna-Barbera animated show, which originally started as a half hour sitcom, ran for 24 episodes between 1962-63 on ABC before being revived in the 1980s, is now being resurrected by the same network.

What's old is new: ABC is reviving The Jetsons, which originally started as a half hour sitcom, ran for 24 episodes between 1962-63

What's old is new: ABC is reviving The Jetsons, which originally started as a half hour sitcom, ran for 24 episodes between 1962-63

The futuristic cartoon, which followed the antics of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro, ran as complementary programming to the network's other animated franchise, The Flintstones. 

According to Variety, the new show will take the form of a multi-camera, live-action sitcom that takes place 100 years in the future.

It seems ABC has confidence in the project, as the series has already has garnered a 'put pilot' order.

A put pilot means the network must air the show as either a series or special, or face a substantial financial penalty.

Ahead of it's time: The futuristic cartoon, which followed the antics of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro, ran as complementary programming to the network's other animated franchise, The Flintstones

Ahead of it's time: The futuristic cartoon, which followed the antics of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro, ran as complementary programming to the network's other animated franchise, The Flintstones

In good hands: Legendary super producer Robert Zemeckis, 65, who is famous for directing Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, will be shepherding the show to the screen as executive producer (pictured here with wife Leslie in 2016)

In good hands: Legendary super producer Robert Zemeckis, 65, who is famous for directing Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, will be shepherding the show to the screen as executive producer (pictured here with wife Leslie in 2016)

Legendary super producer Robert Zemeckis, 65, who is famous for directing Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, will be shepherding the show to the screen as executive producer.

While it's been almost half a century since the initial episodes hit the airwaves, The Jetsons have been reincarnated several times since.

The series was revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 for a limited run of 41 episodes, which was followed by an animated Jetsons: The Movie in 1990.

New generation: The series was revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 for a limited run of 41 episodes, which was followed by an animated Jetsons: The Movie in 1990

New generation: The series was revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 for a limited run of 41 episodes, which was followed by an animated Jetsons: The Movie in 1990

Questionable: That film was the last Jetsons project until the dubious direct to DVD crossover effort The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!, which came out earlier this year

Questionable: That film was the last Jetsons project until the dubious direct to DVD crossover effort The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!, which came out earlier this year

That film was the last Jetsons project until the dubious direct to DVD crossover effort The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!, which came out earlier this year.

While many might question the wisdom of bringing a cartoon to the live-action screen, there is good precedent, at least financially.

Amblin Entertainment, which was of course founded by Steven Spielberg, and Hanna-Barbera produced a live action film of The Flintstones back in 1994.

Though the film, which starred John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell and Halle Berry among others, was almost universally panned by critics, it managed to score significant box office, making $341,631,208 worldwide against a $46 million budget. 

Blockbuster: Amblin Entertainment, which was of course founded by Steven Spielberg, and Hanna-Barbera produced a live action film of The Flintstones back in 1994

Blockbuster: Amblin Entertainment, which was of course founded by Steven Spielberg, and Hanna-Barbera produced a live action film of The Flintstones back in 1994

 

 

 

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