Seth MacFarlane Takes On ‘The Flintstones’

The creator of "Family Guy" brings the stone age family to Fox.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After conquering ninety minutes of Fox's Sunday night animation, Seth MacFarlane is about to yet another cartoon to his arsenal.

Deadline broke the story about MacFarlane's deal with Fox and Warner Brothers Television to reboot "The Flintstones" as a new animated TV series.

The story was confirmed at the Fox upfronts just a few hours ago, where Fox Entertainment President, Kevin Reilly made the official announcement.

“The Flintstones are among the funniest and most beloved characters in television history, and we can’t wait to introduce them to a whole new generation on Fox,” said Reilly. “FOX has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintstones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air.”

MacFarlane noted that he has been a "Flintstones" fan since he was two and that this project was something of a lifelong ambition for him.

"It’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise," added MacFarlane. "Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”

Reportedly, MacFarlane will also have a hand in revitalizing the franchise as a feature film as well. 

The original "Flintstones" series debuted in 1960 and ran for six seasons before eventually spinning off into no less than no additional animated series, as well as numerous TV films, video games, comics and two live action films.

The latest incarnation of "The Flintstones" is expected to premiere on Fox in 2013, with production expected to begin this fall.