Jeff Marx, the man responsible for the Tony-winning score of Avenue Q, and Jake Anthony are in negotiations with Marco Pennette, who currently works on the popular sitcom Samantha Who?, with the aim of collaborating on a stage musical adaptation of the classic television series, The Flintstones. A project for Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures, the show would put a contemporary spin on the show, with possible plotlines including Wilma wondering whether Fred still acts too much like a caveman, not having adapted to more modern ways, and whether she should leave him; Barney and Betty tackling fertility issues and then adoption; and the current problem of global warming, though because the characters live prior to the ice age, they will be faced with “global cooling.”
Now, I enjoyed the TV series when it was on television when I was younger, though I am not sure how I would feel re-visiting it now. The series certainly didn’t work well as the basis for the couple of live action films that were made by Universal at the tail end of the last century. Given the people that are working on this project and the satirical whimsy of particularly Marx’s work, that The Flintstones has a chance of being a piece of solid entertainment as long as it morphs into its own thing and doesn’t slavishly try to reproduced what made the concept work in a very different medium.