Yesterday we got news that an iconic television show would be brought back into the public eye via an upcoming film adaptation for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (mtv) A film based on a classic television show is a rather hit or miss prospect, it could go either direction, on one hand you could have a Simpsons movie, something that’s very impressive and entertaining, on the other hand you have something like the Bewitched movie, which is almost universally accepted as a massive hunk. (rottentomatoes) You have to wonder which side of the spectrum something like Power Rangers will fall, although it has a decent chance to be on the positive side with the likes of Lionsgate funding and producing the movie. (forbes) The movie industry is never content to just put out one film of a certain genre, once a movie hits they look to take advantage of the audience, throwing out movie after movie of the same variety. (twistedsifter) With The Muppets proving successful, as well as the Transformers films, there was a call out for a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action film which looks to be a hit as well. With these movies going well, it was just a matter of time before old television shows were looked into a little deeper in the hopes of the next massive hit.
If yesterday’s announcement that a Power Rangers return was imminent didn’t excite you, today’s news of a classic, timeless television show would be making a comeback in movie form. Today word came out that the one and only Fred Flintstone would be coming back to life, along with Barney, Betty, Wilma, and the entire prehistoric crew were poised to have a return to theaters in a new movie. (nydailynews) The new foray into the world of film by this stone age family unit could be very promising with Adam McKay at the helm as he’s a wonderfully funny individual with plenty of success to his name. (hollywoodreporter) The one thing that may make people nervous is that McKay will be bringing along his friend, Will Ferrell, to help with this project. While Ferrell is a funny man, his history with reviving old television shows in the form of movies hasn’t been all that impressive. As the star of the aforementioned Bewitched movie, as well as the disastrous Land of the Lost adaptation, it’s understandable why people would be nervous to have him help create the first new big screen version of The Flinstones in ages. (rottentomatoes) Personally, I can only hope that they reach out to the man who was looking to bring them back to the small screen, Seth McFarlane, and use him in the production.