Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2002 The 10 Best Films Of 2002 Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

WTF? WWE & Warner Bros. Team-Up For Animated 'Flintstones' Movie

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist May 30, 2013 at 5:26PM

So "The Flintstones," the 1994 live-action movie adaptation of the animated cartoon starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie O'Donnell and Kyle MacLachlan hurt the modern stone age family's brand. Sure, you probably (maybe, possibly) saw it, so your eyes and ears can tell you what's self-evident. But apparently the brand was damaged far worse than you can possibly imagine (though Universal, who made the '94 film letting movie rights lapse to Warner Bros. in the intervening years is also a good indicator).
0
Flintstones, WWE

So "The Flintstones," the 1994 live-action movie adaptation of the animated cartoon starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell and Kyle MacLachlan hurt the modern stone age family's brand. Sure, you probably (maybe, possibly) saw it, so your eyes and ears can tell you what's self-evident. But apparently the brand was damaged far worse than you can possibly imagine (though Universal, who made the '94 film, letting movie rights lapse to Warner Bros. in the intervening years is also a good indicator).


So how low have "The Flintstones" fallen? Keep in mind that the show was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until "The Simpsons" arrived on the scene. And while an animated film a la "The Smurfs" from Sony would be ideal ($563.7 million and counting as "Smurfs 2" hits theaters this summer), instead, WB has teamed-up with the WWE Studios (World Wrestling Entertainment; yes, they produce films too) for an animated direct-to-video movie which will arrive in 2015, according to Variety.

Also fairly WTF random, WWE stars Vince McMahon, John Cena, CM Punk and others on the talent roster will voice versions of themselves attending a WWE event with Fred, Barney and the rest of the Flintstones clan. What "The Flintstones" have to do with WWE content-wise is beyond this writer. On the other hand, WWE reported $659 million in revenue in their 2012 fourth quarter and their family-centric network of TV shows, magazine, websites and live events is vast and lucrative. So in there you go.

Evidently there's also an animated “Scooby-Doo” film in the works that will feature WWE’s stars in a new mystery when it’s released in March 2014, just prior to “WrestleMania 30.” The deal to co-produce a “Flintstones” film extends to an ongoing joke involving John Cena and The Rock over the last few years, and you can watch what that's all about below. Dear god, why? Why?


 

This article is related to: The Flintstones, WWE Studios


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates