ABC has just announced plans for a live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon The Jetsons. The Jetsons originally aired on ABC from 1962 to 1963 and then again from 1985 to 1987. After that it went into syndication ad nauseum, which is probably why I don’t remember it ever not being on.
According to Entertainment Weekly:
Based on the Hanna-Barbera characters, this updated multi-camera sitcom is set 100 years in the future and looks at America’s favorite future family through a modern filter.
Given today’s cultural climate, I’m terrified to envision America 10 years in the future, let alone 100 years in the future. Fuck, I’m scared of what’s going to happen in the next 10 minutes! Nobody wants to see my version of 2027 right now, trust. In #thesetryingtimes (I have not given up on #tooktotwitter, but figure the more #hothash I throw out there, the more likely something will finally stick), it’s a bold move. It looks like ABC is pretty sure of itself though, and is putting some well known muscle behind the remake. EW reports:
The network has given a put pilot order — meaning it’ll likely go to series or there will be penalties attached — for the project from writer Gary Janetti, who will executive produce with Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and co-executive producer Jackie Levine. Nickleby, Inc. and Compari Entertainment are attached in association with Warner Bros. Television.
They’ve got some heavy hitters there, most notably Robert Zemeckis of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to The Future fame. The Jetsons seems right in his wheelhouse. Maybe daughter Judy will be a sex bomb with enormous tits and Elroy can enjoy a semi-incestuous relationship with mother Jane. Writer Gary Janetti is best known for producing The Family Guy and Will and Grace. I never watched either of those shows with regularity, but I’m guessing a jokes write themselves? Astro has a potty mouth and George is a mincing gay stereotype who is bearded by his sassy best friend Jane? How did I do?
Hopefully the writers will be invested in making thought provoking commentary about the dangers and benefits of Artificial Intelligence and the evolution of America’s views on family structure and the sociopolitical aspects of our relationship with technology. Not just throw around lot of hacky low ball jokes about robot sex, wacky smart-kitchen disasters and cosmic puns. Actually, on second thought, that’s exactly what they should do. Or if we’re really lucky, it will be like this!
leaked footage from ABC's live-action version of The Jetsons pic.twitter.com/eMwHHKGjJ8
— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) August 17, 2017