Boomerang from Cartoon Network could be developing new, reimagined versions of some of your favorite classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon shows, including 'Hong Kong Phooey' and the beloved 'The Flintstones.'
Anthony Lukom, the Managing Director of Turner UK and Ireland, spoke with Broadcast of the possibility of Boomerang screening updated versions of the shows in the near future. Boomerang is already home to the likes of 'Scooby-Doo' and 'Looney Tunes' and it has a cache of characters ready to find new audiences with a new generation.
"We've got the rights to 100s of 1,000s of characters from Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros, MGM and DC, but we don't have all the ideas," said Lukom. "If you've got a great idea for how to reinterpret one of our characters," Lukom continued, "come and talk to us." Unfortunately this open invitation is only for television producers, not the legions of fans who would love to give their own spin on these classic characters.
Lukom referenced the popular animated series 'Adventure Time' as an example of what Boomerang is interested in developing. "Kids like to be challenged," Lukom added. "They like the fact that it's something different. It's sophisticated humor that's clever, not just a succession of fart gags."
The possibility of a 'The Flintstones' reboot made the news back in 2011 when Seth MacFarlane, creator and star of 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad!' and 'The Cleveland Show,' announced he intended to develop a new version of the classic series. That project became delayed indefinitely after the success of MacFarlane's feature film directorial debut 'Ted' hit it big at the box office.
Boomerang was originally a Cartoon Network programming block that debuted in 1992. The Boomerang channel was launched in 2000, closely affiliated with their Cartoon Network sister station. Boomerang has always skewed towards classic characters and older programming and a revamped version of 'The Flintstones' could be a huge success for the station.
How would you handle a reboot of 'The Flintstones?'