I’ve been wondering why Hollywood hasn’t done an adaptation of “The Jetsons” yet. The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon has a lot of cinematic potential, being futuristic and all. As it turns out, Hollywood has indeed been trying to do it for a long time now. It just never materialised due to several reasons, among them being the difficulty in finding the right director, plus finding the right tone for it. Do you make it a family comedy like the original TV show, or do you make it more mature, with more action and sci-fi elements?
Comingsoon recently spoke to veteran producer Denise di Novi about the project: “I’ve been developing that for so many years. We actually just turned a new draft in of that script last week to the studio, so I’m still trying to make it. I still think it would be a hit movie. (Robert Rodriguez) was attached to it and his version was fantastic, but honestly, it wasn’t a mainstream studio version. It was kind of his version of what he would shoot at his studio in Texas. He’s got a great set-up down there, and I think part of it is that ‘it may be fun to play with all those big toys at the studio’ but he has a pretty good system going.”
di Novi continued: “Part of it is that every couple of years, the genre kind of changes. I really credit Jeff Robinov at Warner Bros. with this. In choosing Chris Nolan to do Batman, he really exploded the expectations on adapting all these kinds of titles, the pressure is on to really make them the coolest movies, not the cornball cartoon movies. Every couple years it’s changed what they thought the movie should be and I’m hoping now we’re hitting it at the right time. I’ve never given up on that movie.”
Personally, I think they need a director who can strike the right balance of tone between comedy and sci-fi. As light-hearted as “The Jetsons” was, it also had some very clever ideas about life in the future.