Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Are Doing an Animated ‘Flintstones’ Movie

As of now, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are merely planning to executive produce a feature-length animated Flintstones film written by Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, Land of the Lost, The Campaign). But what has it all been building to — Talladega NightsStep Brothers, the Anchormans — if not an all-out Bedrock takeover, with just enough goodwill to accompany it?

Yes, Will Ferrell needs to voice Fred Flintstone.

Yes, John C. Reilly needs to voice Barney Rubble.

And any number of their wonderful peers can play Wilma or Betty: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Alison Brie, Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Emma Stone. You name ’em, they’ve probably been in a big animated movie by now, anyway.

The movie, which is happening at Warner Bros., is still in the development stages. The Flintstones aired its original run in the 1960s and went on to create numerous spinoffs, specials, chewable vitamins, and TV movies as well as a pair of theatrical releases in ’94 and 2000.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first of those two, which starred John Goodman, Rick Moranis, and Rosie O’Donnell, “was famous for having had 32 writers work on the script.” (And the second one starred Stephen Baldwin as Barney, so.)

With Ferrell and McKay already plotting another live-action Ferrell/Reilly project called Border Guards, it might be a while before we know much more here. Would Ferrell really just sit on the sideline as an EP? Will it be a computery type of animation or a true tribute to the original Flintstones? Can The Lego Movie/21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller take the helm?

We’ll see. For now: Yabba dabba doo, San Diego.

Filed Under: Movies, Will Ferrell, adam mckay, the flintstones, chris henchy

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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