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Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.
Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »
Katie Leung will lead the cast of the drama as Mei, who is adopted by Anglo-American parents and sets out to find out more about her original home.
Perkins and Sumpter will play Mei's adoptive American mother and British father.
Mei returns to her birthplace of Guangzhou after birth mother Liu (Mardy Ma) seeks her help in saving her son Ajun (Sebastion So).
Veteran actor Sumpter recently starred »
There have already been two big-screen versions of the classic animated series The Flintstones - a cartoon that paved the way for such shows as The Simpsons and Family Guy. The first one, released in 1994 and produced by Steven Spielberg, was a massive hit – taking in $130 million at the domestic box-office (which […]
- Andrew Shuster
Hollywood has a bad track-record for cartoon to live-action adaptations, so it makes sense that Bedrock's most beloved characters should remain in their original, animated form
The Flintstones movie (1994) and its 2000 prequel, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, deserve to be trampled to death by herds of rampaging velociraptors, not least for the crime of casting Rick Moranis, then Stephen Baldwin, as poor Barney Rubble. And yet there is hope this week that the classic cartoon might yet carve a more attractive place for itself in the celluloid cliff face, after Warner Bros announced plans for a new big-screen adaptation.
There's no need this time around for producers to recruit the film industry's cuddliest actors to play Fred. Nor will bright young stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson be offered a chance to play Wilma and Betty, at least not in the flesh. Because the new Flintstones movie »
- Ben Child
If someone put a gun to your head, then asked the following question: Who would you rather see in a Flintstones reboot – Seth MacFarlane or Will Ferrell? What would you say? Thankfully, none of us will be doing a prehistoric Sophie’s Choice anytime soon, because the decision’s already been made. THR reports that Ferrell and Anchorman series director Adam McKay will be executive producers on a new Flintstones movie for Warner Bros., with frequent Ferrell collaborator Chris Henchy penning the script (Henchy also wrote Land of the Lost, The Campaign, The Other Guys and the upcoming Ferrell vehicle Daddy’s Home). MacFarlane mounted a Flintstones TV reboot in 2011, but it fell apart for various reasons. Some (the executives at Fox) said the script was no good, while others (Seth MacFarlane) said MacFarlane was just too busy to work on it. Who knows where the truth lies. An executive producer slot on this new Flintstones doesn »
- Adam Bellotto
It was a simple idea that became famous worldwide – take the day to day lives of an average American family and transplant them to the Stone Age. A world where a pterodactyl acts as a record player and you drive with your feet – quite literally. Now producing partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Stepbrothers and the upcoming Border Guards) have been announced as executive producers of a brand new animated film of The Flintstones.
The 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon took the TV ratings by storm but has fared less well at the cinema, ironic given the show’s title sequence features everyone going to the pictures. 1994′s live action Flintstones movie was well-cast, with John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins as workaday couple Fred and Wilma, but failed to recapture the spirit of the source material. However, it was a box office success so it spawned a minor sequel starring Mark Addy »
- Steve Palace
Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt is under the mask, we believe, in two new photos from Guardians of the Galaxy. His character, Peter Quill, is also known as Star-Lord, but for some reason is too bashful to show his face. All questions will be answered, we hope, when the movie hits theaters on August 1. [Facebook] The Flintstones: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will serve as executive producers of a new, animated, big-screen version of The Flintstones for Warner Bros. The original TV series aired in prime time on ABC for six seasons from 1960 to 1966 and inspired a live-action feature film in 1994 (with John Goodman and Rick Moranis), as well as a sequel in 2000 (with Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin). Now, who will play Stone Age best friends Fred Flintstone and...
- Peter Martin
It seems that Warner Bros. is planning a full-length animated "Flintstones" project, with Will Ferrell and his frequent creative collaborator Adam McKay producing through their Gary Sanchez Production shingle (at least according to The Hollywood Reporter). What's more is that Chris Henchy, another partner in Gary Sanchez and a writer on such Sanchez projects as HBO's genuinely amazing "Eastbound & Down" and the somewhat less inspiring political comedy "The Campaign," will be writing the screenplay. While a cast hasn't been announced yet, we've already begun saying prayers for Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play Fred and Barney.
The prospect of remaking "The Flintstones" seems like a simple enough proposition. It's not the most sophisticated property to update (and the series itself is just a stone-age retelling of "The Honeymooners"). But it has become increasingly difficult to adapt the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon (which, before "The Simpsons," was the longest running »
- Drew Taylor
Yabba Dabba Doo! Warner Bros. bringing The Flintstones back to the big screen! Only this time around they are going to develop it as an animated feature film. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing the movie, which will be written by Chris Henchy. Henchy co-wrote the script for Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis' comedy The Campaign.
I used to watch reruns of the 1960s cartoon series all the time when I was growing up. The show was set in the stone age and followed the silly lives of Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, his best friend Barney Rubble, and Barney's wife Betty. They lived in a town named Bedrock, and Fred worked in a rock quarry. They lived a modern stone age family life, and it was always fun to watch.
- Joey Paur
Yabba dabba doo! In today's remake news, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are reportedly planning a new animated film version of The Flintstones. Through their production company, Gary Sanchez Productions, the team are hoping to bring the animation to the big screen, with a script by The Campaign and The Other Guys veteran Chris Henchy. The Flintstones, of course, first hit TV screens way back in 1960 and told the story of a pre-historic Stone Age neighbourhood, complete with a laugh track. It centred on Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, as well as their wives, Wilma and Betty. Prior to The Simpsons, it was the most successful animated series on Us network TV.Of course, we've been here before: in 1994, we had a fairly decent live-action adaptation, with John Goodman and Rick Moranis as Fred and Barney, respectively. It was also, lest we forget, the film that introduced much of the world to Halle Berry, »
The Flintstones are coming back to the big screen. Warner. Bros. is developing a new animated movie about the modern stone age family with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay executive producing. The script is being penned by Chris Henchy (The Campaign).
For those of you unfamiliar with the show, The Flintstones is "set in the Stone Age and told of the antics of Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, his best friend Barney Rubble and Rubble’s wife and Wilma’s best friend, Betty. From the town of Bedrock, Fred worked in a quarry, liked to barbecue brontosaurus burgers and live the modern stone age family life."
The animated show ran for six years, from 1960 to 1966. Universal made a live-action film in 1994, starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, and Rosie O’Donnell. Elizabeth Taylor played Flintstone’s mother-in-law. There was also a sequel titled The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas »
- Laura Frances
Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt is under the mask, we believe, in two new photos from Guardians of the Galaxy. His character, Peter Quill, is also known as Star-Lord, and for some reason is too bashful to show his face. We know it's you, Pratt! All questions will be answered when the movie hits theaters on August 1. [Facebook] The Flintstones: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will serve as executive producers of a new, animated, big-screen version of The Flintstones for Warner Bros. The original TV series aired in prime time on ABC for six seasons from 1960 to 1966 and inspired a live-action feature film in 1994 (with John Goodman and Rick Moranis), as well as a sequel in 2000 (with Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin). Now, who will play Stone Age best friends Fred...
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A live-action, big-screen version of The Flintstones was released by Universal in 1994, fronted by John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell. It was followed by prequel Viva Rock Vegas in 2000.
Warner Bros has the rights to the animated classic as part of parent company Time Warner's acquisition of Turner Broadcasting in 1996.
The original animated television series of The Flintstones ran from 1960 to 1966 and can still be seen on cartoon channel Boomerang today. »
America's favorite Stone Age family is returning to the big screen - only this time they'll be animated. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are set to executive produce a new "Flintstones" feature for Warner Bros., with "The Campaign" scribe Chris Henchy attached to pen the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 1960s TV series was previously adapted into a hit 1994 live-action feature starring John Goodman, along with its less-successful 2000 sequel, "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas." The news comes nearly three years after "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane announced he was launching an updated "Flintstones" animated series for Fox, though the project never materialized. "The Flintstones" ran from 1960-1966 on ABC and enjoyed continued success in syndication. Are you looking forward to the new "Flintstones" movie? Let us know by voting in the poll below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
You hear The Flintstones and "movie" in the same sentence and you're most likely going to think of the 1994 movie starring John Goodman and Rosie O'Donnell. I actually never saw that movie, or its sequel, and it's still the first thing that comes to mind, which is why I originally ignored today's news Warner Bros. was looking to put a new Flintstones movie into production. However, they aren't looking at another live-action movie and it seems they are even one-upping those involved in making it. Will Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez partner Adam McKay are producing a new animated feature version of the 1960s cartoon centered on Fred Flinstone, his wife Wilma and their next door neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. Chris Henchy (The Campaign) is writing the script and I can only assume they are going to approach it in a way similar to what Phil Lord and Christopher Miller »
- Brad Brevet
Chris Henchy has been tapped to write the screenplay. He is Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's partner at Gary Sanchez, and also wrote the script for The Campaign. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will serve as executive producers for the project, which is still in the early stages of development.
The Flintstones debuted in 1960, producing 176 episodes in its six seasons on the air, setting a record for the longest-running animated series until The Simpsons shattered that mark. The show follows Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma and their neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble, who live in the quaint town of Bedrock. No story details were given for this new version.
The Flintstones are headed back to the big screen! Thankfully, the new project in development over at Warner Bros. is not slated to be a live-action reboot, but rather a feature-length animated film. (The 1994 Brian Levant picture starring John Goodman, and it's Vegas-centered follow-up, was more than enough Flintstones live action for many a lifetime.) With Disney/Pixar currently owning the animated market (with all due respect to the fine folks over at DreamWorks Animation), perhaps WB wanted to get in on the action. What better place to start than with the modern Stone Age family, whose rights the studio acquired from Turner Broadcasting back in 1996? Word that the Gary Sanchez Productions team is on board, which sees Chris Henchy penning the script for executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is an encouraging bit of news. Hit the jump for more. News of a new The Flintstones film comes courtesy of Heat Vision. »
- Dave Trumbore
At one time, Fox was hoping to bring the iconic prehistoric cartoon family The Flintstones back to the small screen with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane behind the project. However, that attempt completely fell apart, and it sounds like a revival of the modern stone age family is dead in the water. But that doesn't mean Fred Flintstone won't be pedaling to the big screen, because THR reports Warner Bros. have set The Campaign and The Other Guys writer Chris Henchy to script a new animated feature film with Adam McKay & Will Ferrell executive producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner. The last time The Flintstones hit the big screen, it was in the form of a live-action film in 1994 starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O'Donnell and Rick Moranis, and it wasn't very good. But maybe an animated film in an updated computer animation style like Mr. Peabody and »
- Ethan Anderton
The series ran from 1960 to 1966 and was the first animated series ever nominated for a primetime Emmy for comedy series.
Universal made a live-action movie in 1994 with John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis and Rosie O’Donnell. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to “The Flintstones” as part of Time Warner’s acquisition of Turner Broadcasting in 1996.
Warner Bros. has been ramping up its animation activity over the »
- Dave McNary
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