According to a recent report by TVLine, a live-action reboot of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons is currently in the early stages of development at Warner Bros. studios. Currently, Warner Bros. is shopping the concept to various networks.
The original Jetsons cartoon, which aired throughout the 1960s, was set in the year 2062 and took place in the futuristic Orbit City. The animated classic centered around the Jetson family, George, Jane, their daughter Judy, their boy Elroy, and even the family dog, Astro.
There isn't a wealth of details circulating at this stage in development, but TVLine was able to confirm that the studio has hired Family Guy executive producer Gary Janetti to produce the possible live-action series. In the coming weeks, Janetti is set to spearhead the mission to get the concept picked up by a broadcast or cable network.
Perhaps most interestingly, Warner Bros. has also brought in Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis to co-produce the potential series. Jack Rapke, of Cast Away, The Polar Express, and Real Steel fame, is also on board along with the production company Compari Entertainment.
Most recently, the animated Jetsons have appeared alongside professional wrestling superstars Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Big Show for the Warner Bros. and WWE direct-to-video collaboration project The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! which released earlier this year.
There is no word yet on why Warner Bros. has decided to go with a live-action reboot of The Jetsons rather than a simple animated relaunch, but the concept is part of the recent effort by Warner Bros. to re-explore their classic Hanna-Barbera library. The reboot news comes as Warner Bros. continues to develop a feature-length animated film starring The Jetsons, as well as the recent launch of the Boomerang streaming network, which streams classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons online for a monthly fee.
While the original Jetsons was set 100 years after 1962 (2062), the reboot is to be set 100 years after today, in the year 2118.